Corruption and Female Representation in the Bureaucracy

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


Although in mainstream discussion bureaucratic quality is considered a major factor in curbing corruption, the relationship between corruption and women in the administration has been less well studied. This chapter discusses how institutional theory can be used to make sense of how the relationship between gender and corruption varies between contexts, and suggests that a suppressing logic within bureaucracy limits the impact of gender on corruption, whereas an enforcing logic of the legislature enhances it. This idea comprehends gender as “raw material” to institutions, rather than created by them. However, the discretion used within frontline bureaucracy suggests that gender may matter more on this level. The chapter outlines how the qualities of the raw material are mediated by institutional logics to affect corruption.


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  • Helena Stensöta
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  1. 1.Department of Political ScienceUniversity of GothenburgGothenburgSweden

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