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《Journal of Chinese Women's Studies》 2017-04
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Are Women More Incorruptible than Men?:An Analysis of Tolerance of Corruption among Chinese Civil Servants

GUO Xia-juan;TU Wen-yan;School of Public Affairs,Zhejiang University;College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences,City University of Hong Kong;  
Are women less corrupt than men? Some scholars are in favor of the view that women are the"cleaner and fairer sex,"while others believe that women are not necessarily more intrinsically honest or averse to corruption than men and their attitudes concerning corruption depend on the social and cultural contexts. Based on the data collected from the questionnaire survey among Chinese civil servants,we found that women's level of tolerance of government's corruption is lower than those of men's. Women's tolerance of petty corruption,regarding the enjoyment of opportunities and networks,is still lower than men's,but the gender gap in latter becomes smaller.The tolerance among women of corruption based on an"exchange between power and sex"is significantly lower than that of men,amounting to a gap that is the biggest between men and women on the list of all specific corruptions in government. This does not suggest that women are naturally more incorruptible. It is rather the gendered system and culture that contribute to the differences between the sexes.This suggestion could help guide the on-going design of anti-corruption systems in China.
【CateGory Index】: C913.68;D262.6
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