“It's tempting to see misogyny merely as a deviant trait of individual leaders. However, misogyny is a more general phenomenon in autocratizing regimes,” Andrea Krizsan, lead researcher of our Inequalities and Democracy Workgroup and Conny Roggeband (University of Amsterdam) write in their post on The Loop.
“Autocratic leaders strategize misogyny to win elections and sustain their regimes. More than that, misogyny – and the opposition to gender equality it fuels – don't just form part of these regimes' dominant ideology; they are also a core mechanism of democratic erosion,” they argue.
This post is the first one in the new series “Gendering democracy,” in which weekly entries will discuss conceptual and empirical aspects of democracy and its relation to gender equality.
Read the full post here.