2006 Student Research Conference:
19th Annual Student Research Conference

Social Science

Women’s Presence in Government and its Effects on the Type of Foreign Aid Given to Developing Nations
Kathryn A. Sanders
Dr. Marijke Bruening and Dr. John Ishiyama, Faculty Mentors

Based on previous literature as well as conventional wisdom that women tend to favor more peace-loving and compassionate ideals and men tend to favor more force oriented policies, this study attampts to show that a substantial proportion of women in government will reflect feminine ideals in foreign policy. However, I direct this study into a new direction, away from the observation of the mere monetary amount of aid, and focus more on the type of aid given: multilateral, bilateral, or even more specifically for social development, production, emergency aid or to specific programs. I assert that the presence of women in government is not necessarily the cause for women’s ideals to be reflected in foreign aid distribution, but that the cultural position of women within a society affects the type of foreign aid given to developing nations.

Keywords: foreign aid, parliament, women

Topic(s):Political Science

Presentation Type: Oral Paper

Session: 56-3
Location: OP 2210
Time: 3:15

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