Handbook on the Geographies of Corruption
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Handbook on the Geographies of Corruption

Edited by Barney Warf

The Handbook on the Geographies of Corruption offers a comprehensive overview of how corruption varies across the globe. It explores the immense range of corruption among countries, and how this reflects levels of wealth, the centralization of power, colonial legacies, and different national cultures. Barney Warf presents an original and interdisciplinary collection of chapters from established researchers and leading academics that examine corruption from a spatial perspective.
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Chapter 4: Gender and corruption: institutions and mechanisms of accountability

Helena Olofsdotter Stensöta and Lena Wängnerud


Over the past two decades, a burgeoning field has convincingly established that gender is related to corruption in various ways. While initial research argued for a fairly straightforward relationship between gender and corruption, later research has shown the relationship is more complex. Thus, research has evolved to inquire more closely into how and when the relationship between gender and corruption plays out. Two fruitful theoretical perspectives that have come to be applied is, first, institutional theory and the question of how institutions moderate the relationship between gender and corruption. A second promising perspective is to focus on how accountability mechanisms curbing corruption may be gendered. Both with regard to how established mechanisms of accountability may have different strengths on women and men, respectively, and understanding how gender in itself can work as a mechanism affecting good government.

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