Gender Aspects of Government Auditing
In this chapter, we examine to what extent government auditing agencies mediates the effect from proportions of women in parliament on national levels of corruption; thus, we test, using a cross-country comparative design, whether higher proportions of women are associated with well-functioning auditing agencies, which further down the road is associated with lower levels of corruption. A related question is whether women in national parliaments have extra incentives to push for a state on track. One such incentive may be that those areas affecting the everyday lives of women citizens are particularly vulnerable when monitoring of the state is weak. The results suggest that initial relationships between the proportion of women in parliament and levels of corruption become insignificant when mediating variables are introduced.
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