Does Gender Matter? Female Politicians’ Engagement in Anti-corruption Efforts

  • Amy C. Alexander
  • Andreas Bågenholm
Part of the Political Corruption and Governance book series (PCG)


The research on gender and corruption has shown a positive link between the percentage of women in elected office and lower levels of corruption. This research has not focused much on the individual-level behavior of MPs but has nevertheless assumed individual-level mechanisms behind this link. Thus, there is a need to open this “black box” in order to find out whether female politicians actually engage successfully in anti-corruption efforts and to a higher extent than men. In this chapter we investigate whether female politicians have politicized corruption more often than men in election campaigns during the last twenty-five years. The results show that even though female candidates tend to politicize corruption more frequently, they rarely make it to a position powerful enough to influence policies directly.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Amy C. Alexander
    • 1
  • Andreas Bågenholm
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Political ScienceUniversity of GothenburgGothenburgSweden

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