Does women’s representation influence foreign (aid) policy? And, if so, is this best explained as a function of women’s unique values or attributable to the impact of greater gender equality? Building on previous work, we investigate whether women’s greater presence in political life – evidence of greater gender equality – is associated with greater generosity, or whether women’s values and (some) women’s ability to influence policy as ministers affect aid’s generosity. We find that women’s representation in the parliament and in the cabinet is positively associated with a donor state’s generosity, but that female ministers of foreign policy-related ministries do not influence the state’s generosity. These findings suggest that gender equality is a more promising explanation for the generosity of states’ foreign aid than women’s values.
Source: Taylor Francis Online