Corruption as Exploitation: Feminist Exchange Theories and the Link Between Gender and Corruption

  • Helen Lindberg
  • Helena Stensöta
Part of the Political Corruption and Governance book series (PCG)


How can feminist theories be used to understand and explain the phenomena of corruption? The chapter explores what it means to expand the definition of corruption into sexual corruption to make sense of its dynamics. We highlight the different ways sexual corruption plays out and further inquire into how feminist theories that problematize asymmetrical opportunities along gender and the public/private divide may contribute to theories on gender and corruption. We conclude that men are the beneficiaries of sexual corruption, and therefore, corruption is an additional risk for women connected to male power. Furthermore, the feminist ambition to dismantle the distinction between private and public spheres means that every misuse of power can be seen as corruption, with far-reaching empirical consequences for the study of corruption.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Helen Lindberg
    • 1
  • Helena Stensöta
    • 2
  1. 1.City University of New YorkNew YorkUSA
  2. 2.Department of Political ScienceUniversity of GothenburgGothenburgSweden

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