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Exploring the Relationship Between Gender Violence and State Failure: A Cross-National Comparison
Violence Against Women (2016)
  • Laurie A. Gould, Georgia Southern University
  • Laura E. Agnich, Georgia Southern University
Abstract
The concept of state failure has only recently emerged in the political science and legal literature. Although state failure has been used to predict violent conflicts, and all citizens are affected by violence in failed/fragile states, women are especially at risk. Using data from the WomanStats project, this study’s findings reveal that the physical security of women is lower in failed/fragile states compared with more sustainable nations. The characteristics of failed states that increase the likelihood of various forms of violence against women are identified, including high levels of militarization, countries with neighboring states at war, and massive movement of refugees.


Keywords
  • Gender violence,
  • Failed states,
  • State security,
  • Domestic violence,
  • Comparative
Publication Date
October, 2016
Citation Information
Laurie A. Gould and Laura E. Agnich. "Exploring the Relationship Between Gender Violence and State Failure: A Cross-National Comparison" Violence Against Women Vol. 22 Iss. 11 (2016) p. 1343 - 1370
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/laura_agnich/76/