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Exclusion or interests? Why females in elected office reduce petty and grand corruption

Journal article
Authors Monika Bauhr
Nicholas Charron
Lena Wängnerud
Published in European Journal of Political Research
ISSN 03044130
Publication year 2018
Published at Quality of Government Institute (QoG)
Department of Political Science
Language en
Keywords Grand corruption, Petty corruption, Public service delivery, Subnational variation, Womens' representation
Subject categories Political Science


Disappointed by the numerous failures of anticorruption reforms, international organisations, scholars and policy makers increasingly place their hopes on measures aimed at enhancing gender equality and in particular increasing the inclusion of female representatives in elected assemblies. Yet most studies to date focus on aggregate measures of corruption and fail to explain why the correlation between women's representation and levels of corruption occurs. Using newly collected regional-level, non-perception-based measures of corruption, this study distinguishes between different forms of corruption and shows that the inclusion of women in local councils is strongly negatively associated with the prevalence of both petty and grand forms of corruption. However, the reduction in corruption is primarily experienced among women. This suggests that female representatives seek to further two separate political agendas once they attain public office: the improvement of public service delivery in sectors that tend to primarily benefit women; and the breakup of male-dominated collusive networks.

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