Amy Alexander

Associate Professor of Political Science, Gothenburg University
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Alexander's research focuses on the role gender equality plays in democracies’ achievements in various aspects of quality of government.  In particular, she evaluates global variation in historical patterns of gender equality, such as early household formation patterns to establish whether countries' achievements in quality of government today can be rooted in these early patterns of equality; whether the political empowerment of women improves quality of government and through which mechanisms the influence operates; and the variation in democracies’ efforts to develop institutions, rights and policies that empower gender diversity. Alexander also studies sources of women's political empowerment and how this empowerment affects political representation, social values, and democratization across the globe.

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Measuring Women's Political Empowerment across the Globe: Strategies, Challenges and Future Research (edited with Catherine Bolzendahl and Farida Jalalzai) (Palgrave Macmillan, 2018).

Conceptualizes women's political empowerment and discusses the strategies and challenges for global measurement.

"Defining Women's Global Political Empowerment: Theories and Evidence " (with Amy Alexander and Catherine Bolzendahl). Sociology Compass 10, no. 6 (2016): 432-441.

Interrogates women's political empowerment', considering its definition, measurement, and application.

"Emancipating Sexuality: Breakthroughs into a Bulwark of Tradition" (with Ronald Inglehart and Christian Welzel). Social Indicators Research 129, no. 2 (2016): 909-935.

Presents evidence for a rising emancipatory spirit, across generations and around the world, in a life domain in which religion hitherto blocked emancipatory gains: sexual freedoms.

"How Does Civil Conflict Influence Gender Equality? A Case Study of the Egyptian Revolution 2011-2013" Quality of Government Institute 26, no. 3 (2016): 529-545.

Analyzes the changes to gender equality in the wake of the 2011 Egyptian Revolution, this manuscript evaluates whether civil conflict creates new openings for women's empowerment.