Gender and Corruption in Mexico: Building a Theory of Conditioned Causality

  • Marcia Grimes
  • Lena Wängnerud
Part of the Political Corruption and Governance book series (PCG)


In an effort to further elucidate the mechanisms linking women's representation to lower levels of corruption this study suggests that the impetus for women’s entry into politics is often exogenous to political organizations and therefore, once successful, may disrupt existing “modus operandi” of politics, creating a window of opportunity for subsequent change. If anti-corruption efforts concurrently figure on the policy agenda, then changes both in formal laws and informal norms related to corruption may ensue. The chapter builds on panel data from a biennial household survey in Mexico which allows for a nuanced examination of the link, both (i) whether the presence of corruption adversely affects women’s entry into politics, and (ii) whether women, once elected, affect the prevalence of corruption. The chapter points to concomitant conditions necessary for positive developments especially in contexts in which corruption has been highly prevalent.


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  • Marcia Grimes
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  • Lena Wängnerud
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Political ScienceUniversity of GothenburgGothenburgSweden

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