Monthly Academic Journal of Social Sciences

Democratization, Globalization and Women’s Empowerment:

A Critical Review and Conceptual Framework

Barbara Wejnert*

Author affiliation

College of Arts and Sciences
State University of New York, University at Buffalo. 12 Capen Hall, Buffalo, New York 14260-1660, United States of America.
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This manuscript attempts to provide an answer to several theoretical questions concerning the interaction between the processes of democratization and globalization, and women’s empowerment. By integrating conceptual models of political processes and global market economic development, this study overviews several mechanisms of democratization and globalization that could lead to women’s empowerment but may fall short of actual positive outcomes for women. The critical review and derived conceptual framework groups political and economic variables to explain why the benefits of democracy and globalized development are not equally distributed across genders. Consequently, this critical review can be used to address the implications for future research on, and policy making for, women’s empowerment.


Gendered Democracy, Global Market Economy and Gender, Globalization and Women, Global Empowerment of Women, Democratization and Women

Received: Jan 4, 2018
Accepted: Jan 29, 2018
Published on: May 03, 2018
European Journal of Social Sciences (EJSS), vol. 1, no. 1, pp.62-79



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