Claire Annesley

Professor of Politics, University of Sussex
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Annesley research focuses on gender, politics and policy. She is on the Management Committee of the UK Women's Budget Group and contributes to their analysis of the impact of economic policy and changes and tax and benefits on gender equality.


Evolving Norms and the Demand for Equal Female Inclusion in Governing Cabinets

  • Karen Beckwith
  • Susan Franceschet

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Opinion: "How a 'Concrete Floor' Could Get More Women into Power," Claire Annesley, BBC, June 5, 2018.
Opinion: "There are Three Rules of Cabinet Appointments. Will Donald Trump Break Them?," Claire Annesley (with Karen Beckwith and Susan Franceschet), The Washington Post, November 25, 2016.
Opinion: "What is ‘Merit’ Anyway? On Using Gender Quotas in Cabinet Appointments," Claire Annesley (with Karen Beckwith and Susan Franceschet), PSA Women and Politics Blog, November 5, 2015.
Quoted by Rainbow Murray in "Tories and Lib Dems Play Catch-Up with Labour on Policies for Women," The Conversation, May 4, 2015.
Opinion: "Winning Women’s Votes: What’s on Offer for Women in #GE2015?," Claire Annesley (with Francesca Gains), Feminizing Politics, April 15, 2015.
Opinion: "A Reshuffle for Women? Welcome, but Underwhelming," Claire Annesley (with Francesca Gains), LSE British Politics and Policy Blog, July 27, 2014.
Opinion: "Gender Equality Despite Recession? Only with Pressure from Outside Government," Claire Annesley (with Francesca Gains), LSE British Politics and Policy Blog, May 10, 2012.


"Rules of Ministerial Recruitment" Politics and Gender 11, no. 4 (2015): 618-642.

Uses a feminist institutionalist approach to explain gendered access to cabinets. Identifies the three complexes of predominantly informal rules that facilitate and constrain women’s access that that women’s access to ministerial office.

"The Profile of Gender Equality Issue Attention in Western Europe" (with Isabelle Engli and Francesa Gains). European Journal of Political Research 54, no. 3 (2015): 525-542.

Investigates the factors that drive governments to pay attention to gender equality issues and place them upon executive agendas. Argues that policy issues related to gender equality are multidimensional and patterns in executive attention vary across the different types of gender issues.