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Political Corruption and Governance

Gender and Corruption

Historical Roots and New Avenues for Research

Editors: Stensöta, Helena, Wängnerud, Lena (Eds.)

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  • Offers a nuanced and complex understanding of how and when gender matters for corruption and good governance
  • Theoretically challenging while rooted in rich empirical data
  • Includes in-depth case studies, experiments and Large-N studies covering several regions of the world
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About this book

The link between gender and corruption has been studied since the late 1990s. Debates have been heated and scholars accused of bringing forward stereotypical beliefs about women as the “fair” sex. Policy proposals for bringing more women to office have been criticized for promoting unrealistic quick-fix solutions to deeply rooted problems. This edited volume advances the knowledge surrounding the link between gender and corruption by including studies where the historical roots of corruption are linked to gender and by contextualizing the exploration of relationships, for example by distinguishing between democracies versus authoritarian states and between the electoral arena versus the administrative branch of government—the bureaucracy. Taken together, the chapters display nuances and fine-grained understandings. The book highlights that gender equality processes, rather than the exclusionary categories of “women” and “men”, should be at the forefront of analysis, and that developments strengthening the position of women vis-à-vis men affect the quality of government.     

About the authors

Helena Stensöta is Associate Professor at the Quality of Government Institute, Department of Political Science, University of Gothenburg, Sweden.

Lena Wängnerud is Professor at the Quality of Government Institute, Department of Political Science, University of Gothenburg, Sweden. 

Reviews

“Having more women in government is consistently associated with less corruption in government. Why? Learn more in this far-reaching causal analysis. The relationship is far stronger in democracies than autocracies, stronger in elected office than in the bureaucracy. It doesn’t come from voters punishing corrupt women more than corrupt men. Gender quotas drawn from existing corrupt networks can just reproduce corruption. A Scandinavian gender-equal culture built on low fertility helps create cultural trust and low corruption. Sometimes women leaders reduce corruption to increase goods for families and children. Sometimes women who want to be corrupt are excluded from tightly-knit corrupt male networks. Much more here pushes us intellectually forward. But perhaps, one author suggests, we don’t need to know the exact mechanism. In democracies, just put more women in office and watch corruption decline.” (Professor Jane Mansbridge, Harvard University, USA)

Table of contents (14 chapters)

Table of contents (14 chapters)
  • Why Expect a Link Between Gender and Corruption?

    Pages 3-20

    Stensöta, Helena (et al.)

  • The Historic Roots of Quality of Government: The Role of Gender Equality

    Pages 21-36

    Alexander, Amy C.

  • Corruption, Gender Equality and Meritocracy

    Pages 37-56

    Rothstein, Bo

  • Gender and Citizen Responses to Corruption among Politicians: The U.S. and Brazil

    Pages 59-82

    Schwindt-Bayer, Leslie A. (et al.)

  • Why Do Some Voters Prefer Female Candidates? The Role of Perceived Incorruptibility in Arab Elections

    Pages 83-104

    Benstead, Lindsay J. (et al.)

Buy this book

eBook $129.00
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  • ISBN 978-3-319-70929-1
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: PDF, EPUB
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  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover $169.00
price for USA in USD
  • ISBN 978-3-319-70928-4
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
Softcover $169.99
price for USA in USD
  • ISBN 978-3-030-10002-5
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Gender and Corruption
Book Subtitle
Historical Roots and New Avenues for Research
Editors
  • Helena Stensöta
  • Lena Wängnerud
Series Title
Political Corruption and Governance
Copyright
2018
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-70929-1
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-70929-1
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-70928-4
Softcover ISBN
978-3-030-10002-5
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XVIII, 301
Number of Illustrations
19 b/w illustrations
Topics