Gender inequality

The Impact of Corruption on Women’s Political Participation at the Local Government Level: The Case of Sri Lanka

Abstract: 
This paper analyzes how different manifestations of corruption hinder women’s political participation at the local level of governance in Sri Lanka. The study is based on a field survey, which monitored and reviewed 79 women aspirants of political office as they navigated the local government or Pradeshiya Sabha electoral process of 2011 in Sri Lanka. While women find it hard to break through the patriarchal dominance in politics, the gendered impact of corruption makes the struggle even more difficult. The study demonstrates that open competition in the electoral process and the proportional representation system of elections do not help advance women’s political representation.
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