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Helena Olofsdotter Stensöta and Lena Wängnerud

Over the past two decades, a burgeoning field has convincingly established that gender is related to corruption in various ways. While initial research argued for a fairly straightforward relationship between gender and corruption, later research has shown the relationship is more complex. Thus, research has evolved to inquire more closely into how and when the relationship between gender and corruption plays out. Two fruitful theoretical perspectives that have come to be applied is, first, institutional theory and the question of how institutions moderate the relationship between gender and corruption. A second promising perspective is to focus on how accountability mechanisms curbing corruption may be gendered. Both with regard to how established mechanisms of accountability may have different strengths on women and men, respectively, and understanding how gender in itself can work as a mechanism affecting good government.