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State Fragility and Structural Gender Inequality in Family Law: An Empirical Investigation

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Department of Political Science, Brigham Young University, 794 Kimball Tower, Provo, UT 84602, USA
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The Bush School of Government and Public Service, Texas A&M University, 4220 TAMU, 1079 Allen Building, College Station, TX 77843, USA
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Department of Statistics, Brigham Young University, 223B TMCB, Provo, UT 84602, USA
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Laws 2015, 4(4), 654-672; https://doi.org/10.3390/laws4040654
Received: 23 May 2015 / Accepted: 29 September 2015 / Published: 10 October 2015
In this paper we examine the linkage of male-dominant family law systems and levels of nation-state security and stability. We expect such societies to be predisposed to parasitical rent-seeking and inefficiency, combined with coercive conflict resolution, resulting in higher levels of violence within the society. We demonstrate empirically that states with inequitable family law also exhibit higher levels of state fragility. Using standard indicators of state stability and security, our empirical results show that the ability to predict levels of state stability and security is significantly enhanced by examining a measure of Inequity in Family Law in addition to more conventional explanatory variables such as literacy rate, level of democracy, and civilizational influence. View Full-Text
Keywords: inequitable family law; security; state stability; peacefulness; state fragility; male-dominant inequitable family law; security; state stability; peacefulness; state fragility; male-dominant
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Bowen, D.L.; Hudson, V.M.; Nielsen, P.L. State Fragility and Structural Gender Inequality in Family Law: An Empirical Investigation. Laws 2015, 4, 654-672.

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