Women Mayors in Spain: An Analysis of Gender Differences in the Management and Quality of Information on Municipal Websites

Francisco-Javier Herrero-Gutiérrez, Núria Simelio, Lara Carrascosa Puertas

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This article analyses the differences in the level of transparency and quality of information on the institutional websites of Spanish councils depending on whether the mayor’s office is held by a woman or a man. We focus on 605 Spanish municipalities with more than 10,000 inhabitants in which women mayors represent 26.3% (n = 159) of the total. The method is based on 52 quantitative indicators divided into two thematic blocks related to municipal transparency and to information for participation. The principal results reveal that municipalities led by women yield better results in terms of compliance with the indicators evaluated, with 50.68%, compared to the municipalities in which the mayor is a man, with 38.13%. In addition, a more detailed analysis reveals how women mayors obtain better results in all groups of indicators: transparency, quality of the information published on municipal websites and tools provided for citizen participation. The study reveals how the increase in elected women has a positive influence on the implementation of policies that allow for more transparent information and communication and that promote greater inclusion of citizens in the public debate.

Idioma originalEnglish
Número d’article128
Nombre de pàgines13
RevistaSocial Sciences
Volum10
Número4
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Estat de la publicacióPublicada - 1 d’abr. 2021

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