Support for women officeholders in a Non-Arab Islamic democracy: the case of Indonesia

C. Fattore, Thomas J. Scotto, A. Sitasari

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Recent work argues that the relationship between Islamic faith, the lack of support for gender equality and democratization is spurious. This paper analyzes the correlates of individual support for increasing the number of women serving in Indonesian legislatures. Indonesia is a relevant case because it is an emerging democracy, outside of the oil-rich Middle East, where over 85% of the citizenry registers a Muslim faith. We find that the willingness of Indonesians to support or oppose gender equity in politics is only minimally rooted in their faith or culture. This result buttresses the conclusions of cross-national studies that question the appropriateness of treating predominantly Muslim nations in the same way when studying questions of gender equity and democratization.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)261-275
Number of pages15
JournalAustralian Journal of Political Science
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 17 May 2010
Externally publishedYes


  • gender equity
  • non-Arab Islamic democracy
  • Indonesian politics


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