The House, and How to Run It
The Common Reader: A Journal of the Essay
Ball’s portrait of Pelosi’s life in politics is a detailed and exhaustive exploration of Pelosi’s life in politics–an important project that fills a needed gap. But the very nature of the book reveals, first, that the role of gender in negotiation is complex, and Ball’s handling of the issue represents a meta-commentary on the challenge of understanding it. Second, the book helps illuminate that Pelosi’s consistent negotiation success has been achieved not through magic and charisma but through hard work and preparation, an ethos of brass tacks politics that she learned growing up in a political household. And this version of political prowess is not always an exciting or compelling story to the casual eye. Finally, perceptions about hard work, preparation, magic, charisma, and success can itself carry gendered implications for how we understand the work of excellent negotiators and successful leaders.
Nancy Pelosi, Gender, Negotiation
Rebecca E. Hollander-Blumoff, The House, and How to Run It, Common Reader (2021), https://commonreader.wustl.edu/c/the-house-and-how-to-run-it/
Hollander-Blumoff, Rebecca E., "The House, and How to Run It" (2021). Scholarship@WashULaw. 161.