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Workshop: Gender and Corruption

News: Mar 29, 2016

Organizing committee: Helena Stensöta and Lena Wängnerud
Quality of Government Institute, Department of Political Science, University of Gothenburg

May 23 and 24, 2016, Gothenburg

After more than a decade of research on gender and corruption it is clear that the link between the two factors is complex: For example, the relationship between levels of women in government and levels of corruption appears in democracies but not in authoritarian states (Esarey and Chirillo 2013). Moreover, the expected pattern that a high share of women is related to low levels of corruption appears in analysis focusing the proportion of women in elected assemblies, such as national parliaments, but not in analysis focusing the proportion of women in the bureaucracy, that is in positions related to the implementation of policies (Stensöta et al. 2014). It should also be noted that recent studies show significant subnational variation in levels of corruption as well as levels of women´s political participation (Charron et al. 2011, 2013; Sundström and Wängnerud 2014; Wängnerud 2012). Taken together the findings in recent studies suggest that it is relevant to study the link between gender and corruption in greater detail. We know far too little about how the link between gender and corruption unfolds in different contexts. Moreover, we know far too little about if women, once in positions of power, have a dampening effect on levels of corruption, and if so, why it appears. Finally, the concept of corruption itself can be scrutinized from a gender perspective. It is clear that most studies on corruption focus on monetary transactions, but from a gender perspective sexual transactions and services are also important to consider (Towns, 2015).

The aim of this workshop is to bring together internationally recognized scholars for a two-day conference that will lead to the publication of an edited volume.

The conference will be organized around the following themes:

1. Historic roots and conceptual conflicts: the role of gender and gender equality in research on corruption and quality of government
2. Gender and Corruption: the citizens perspective
3. Gender and Corruption: the electoral arena
4. Gender and Corruption: the bureaucracy
5. Unpacking causality in research on gender and corruption




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