Private Versus Public Power: The Relationship between Intimate Partner Violence Prevalence and Women’s Political Power
The turn of the millennium marked a rise in the global development agendas and legal frameworks aiming to address the ambitious goal of gender equality, including targets for reducing violence against women and increasing women’s participation and representation in political processes and public institutions. However, the pathway between private power and political, or public, power is underexplored within the context of developing strategies for more meaningful power and equality for women despite feminist theory acknowledging this pathway as being critically interrelated. In this study, I explore the relationship through a conceptual framework that begins with intimate partner violence (IPV) prevalence as a proxy for private power. Based on the literature, I include the individual, household, and community level effects of IPV through to the possible public or political sphere effects on women and specifically focus on the community-level effects as a pathway for the relationship between IPV and political power. I use a custom country dataset and multiple imputation methods in three OLS step-wise regression models against six measures of women’s political power set forth in the Council on Foreign Relations’ Women’s Power Index and the OECD Gender, Institutions and Development Database. This study aims to contribute to the literature both on violence against women and gender equality by exploring the relationship between intimate partner violence and political power through community effects and as moderated by legal frameworks and conflict and security.
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