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More women, less corruption? | Avaaz

More women, less corruption? | Avaaz | Psycholitics & Psychonomics | Scoop.it

Do a greater number of women in leadership roles reduce corruption?

 

Are women leaders less corrupt than their male counterparts? That's a tricky one. The answer, it seems, is something like yes and no.


It's a loaded question, but it's also a terribly important one. Let's start with a well-known 1999 World Bank study that found that corruption decreased 10% for every standard deviation point increase in women in public office above 10.9 percent.

 

That seems like pretty straightforward evidence, but things may not be that simple. Countries with more women in positions of power do tend to be less corrupt than their less egalitarian neighbours. But that trend may have more to do with transparent and accountable systems of governance rather than gender.


Reuters cites a new study entitled Fairer Sex or Purity Myth?:
The report found that in autocratic regimes with strong male hierarchies, more women in power had little measurable impact on corruption, but that in more open, democratic political systems the change was noticeable.'

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Episode 10 | WikiLeaks World Tomorrow

Episode 10 | WikiLeaks World Tomorrow | Psycholitics & Psychonomics | Scoop.it

'A new and significant force is taking form in Pakistani politics, coalescing around the person of former cricket champion Imran Khan, and his party, Tehreek-e-Insaf. Once dismissed in US cables as a “one-man party,” Khan’s persistent critique of the status quo began last year to resonate with the population. Since late 2011, he has been drawing tens of thousands into the streets to rally against corruption and national subservience to U.S. interests. He promises to dislodge from power Pakistan’s cartel of dynastic political parties, and to restore to independence a judiciary weakened by successive constitutional crises. Now regularly topping popularity polls, Imran Khan’s party has become a serious contender in forthcoming national elections – which may be called during the next year.'

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