Jasmin Lorch / Bettina Bunk

Gender Politics, Authoritarian Regime Resilience, and the Role of Civil Society in Algeria and Mozambique

GIGA Working Paper, No. 292, October 2016

The question of whether and how authoritarian regimes may use gender politics to preserve their rule has attracted insufficient academic attention so far. Research on state feminism shows that non‐democratic regimes often enact women‐friendly policies for the purpose of maintaining power. However, this finding has not been linked to the broader research on authoritarian resilience. To address this research gap, we connect recent debates on authoritarian resilience to the research on state feminism. Subsequently, we engage in a cross‐regional comparison of the use of gender politics by the authoritarian regimes of Algeria and Mozambique in order to enrich both sets of theory on the basis of empirical findings. Specifically, we ask what strategies the two authoritarian regimes employ in the areas of women’s rights and gender and how these might contribute to regime resilience, focusing on the interactions between these regimes and civil society organisations (CSOs).

GIGA-Forschung zum Thema

GIGA AutorInnen

Jasmin Lorch ist Research Fellow am GIGA Institut für Nahost-Studien und Lehrkraft für besondere Aufgaben an der Otto-von-Guericke-Universität Magdeburg. Sie forscht unter anderem zu zivilgesellschaftlichen Entwicklungen im Maghreb und in Asien.

Dr. Bettina Bunk


Bettina Bunk ist assoziierte wissenschaftliche Mitarbeiterin am GIGA Institut für Afrika-Studien und Doktorandin der Politikwissenschaften an der Universität Potsdam. Sie hat vor kurzem ihre Doktorarbeit mit dem Focus auf Governance und die Politik der lokalen Wirtschaftsentwicklung in Südafrika und Mosambique eingereicht.

Aktuelle Publikationen der AutorInnen

Jasmin Lorch

Islamization by Secular Ruling Parties: The Case of Bangladesh

Politics and Religion, online first, 2018

Marianne Beisheim / Anne Ellersiek / Jasmin Lorch

INGOs and Multi-Stakeholder Partnerships

in: Thomas Risse / Tanja A. Börzel / Anke Draude (eds.), The Oxford Handbook of Governance and Limited Statehood, Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2018, 211-230

Jörg Wischermann / Bettina Bunk / Patrick Köllner / Jasmin Lorch

Do associations support authoritarian rule? Evidence from Algeria, Mozambique, and Vietnam

Journal of Civil Society, 14, 2018, 2, 95-115