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Theories within the field of gender and corruption have been proposing that women may be less likely to engage in corruption than men overall and that women may be less corruptible than men. These theories underpin the idea that gender mainstreaming, implementing gender quotas, and increasing the proportion of women in workforces (particularly in formal leadership positions in public office) will help curb corruption.
Write a 2000-word essay engaging with the debate on gender and corruption and discuss whether you agree that increasing the number of women in public office will drive corruption down, and why. The essay should critically assess the empirical literature on gender and corruption, as well as the literature investigating the relationship between gender mainstreaming strategies and reduced corruption. To excel at this essay, the student is expected to selectively dip into the Advanced reading material and draw on examples and cases to help defend his or her claims.