Exclusion or Interests? Petty Corruption, Favoritism, and the Role of Female Representatives Department of Government and Public Administration - CUHK

Prof. Lena Wängnerud from Gothenburg delivered a seminar on "Exclusion or Interests? Petty Corruption, Favoritism, and the Role of Female Representatives" on 29 August 2017. Here is the abstract:

Disappointed by the numerous failures of anticorruption reforms, international organizations, scholars, and policymakers 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 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.