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Rent-Seeking and Gender in Local Governance – isec

Rent-Seeking and Gender in Local Governance


The paper examines the relationship between corruption and gender in institutions of local government in India, using a Logit model. Recent debates about women’s participation in electoral politics suggest that the presence of more women in government will engender public policy, and also tends to reduce corruption. The evidence we examined indicates that gender is not a significant factor in explaining levels of corruption. Although nearly 40 per cent of the elective positions in the institutions of local government are occupied by women there is no significant gender difference in the attitudes towards rent-seeking and in the actual levels of corruption.

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