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Support for Women Officeholders in a Non-Arab Islamic Democracy: The Case of Indonesia

Fattore, Christina and Scotto, Thomas and Sitasari, Arnita (2010) 'Support for Women Officeholders in a Non-Arab Islamic Democracy: The Case of Indonesia.' Australian Journal of Political Science, 45 (2). pp. 261-275. ISSN 1036-1146

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Abstract

Recent work argues that the relationship between Islamic faith, the lack of support for gender equality and democratization is spurious. This paper analyzes the correlates of individual support for increasing the number of women serving in Indonesian legislatures. Indonesia is a relevant case because it is an emerging democracy, outside of the oil-rich Middle East, where over 85% of the citizenry registers a Muslim faith. We find that the willingness of Indonesians to support or oppose gender equity in politics is only minimally rooted in their faith or culture. This result buttresses the conclusions of cross-national studies that question the appropriateness of treating predominantly Muslim nations in the same way when studying questions of gender equity and democratization.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HQ The family. Marriage. Women
J Political Science > JQ Political institutions Asia
Divisions: Faculty of Social Sciences > Government, Department of
Depositing User: Jim Jamieson
Date Deposited: 17 Sep 2013 15:29
Last Modified: 17 Sep 2013 15:29
URI: http://repository.essex.ac.uk/id/eprint/7660

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