Gender and Accountability

  • Anne Marie Goetz
  • Rob Jenkins
Part of the International Political Economy Series book series (IPES)


Many of the accountability initiatives reviewed in this book are evidence of the frustration of socially excluded groups with the failure of accountability institutions either to answer directly to them, or to include their concerns in the definition of ‘the public interest’. The case of women provides perhaps the clearest illustration how political marginality can become manifested institutionally. For women, being at the margins of political life has translated into being, in many contexts, invisible to accountability institutions. In this chapter we examine gender biases in access to accountability institutions as well as in the procedures and standards of probity they adopt. We also pay attention to outcomes, which as we have seen increasingly dominate performance measures.


Sexual Assault Electoral System Gender Bias Gender Equity Proportional Representation 
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