The Gender-Governance Link: Gender equality and public goods provision

Project: Research

Project participants

  • Welzel, Christian (Project manager, academic)
  • Alexander, Amy (Partner)
  • Klasen, Stephan (Partner)


This project combines empirical perspectives in political science, gender studies, and economics to contribute to the emerging literature on the linkages between gender equality and good governance across the globe and over time. This literature has established strong linkages between various aspects of gender equality and good governance. To give just a few examples, nations’ levels of female education have been linked to economic growth, and the higher value citizens attach to gender equality has been linked to nations’ democratic accountability. However, while the literature grows on links between one aspect of gender equality and one aspect of good governance, there is no integrated approach that takes a comprehensive look at the gender equality – good governance link.