The Effect of Women in Government on Country-Level Peace

Citation:

DiRienzo, Cassandra E. 2018. “The Effect of Women in Government on Country-Level Peace.” Global Change, Peace & Security 31 (1): 1-18.

Author: Cassandra E. DiRienzo

Abstract:

The global community continues to endure violent attacks that seem to continuously morph in nature. The complexities of violence in today's world make it imperative to examine factors that can counter these acts of terror. The primary focus of this paper is to explore the relationship between the number of women in government on levels of corruption and country-level peace. It is argued that the percentage of women in government has a causal effect on peace through the focus on societal needs in addition to an indirect effect through a reduction in corruption. This, in turn, enhances both peace and peacebuilding. Using cross-country data, the effects of women in government on peace are tested using a mediation analysis. As a preview of the empirical results, the indirect effect is found to be statistically significant and stronger than the direct effect once the level of corruption is controlled.

Keywords: women in government, peace, corruption, indirect effect

Topics: Corruption, Gender, Women, Governance, Peacebuilding, Political Participation

Year: 2018

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