Good Government in Mexico: The Relevance of the Gender Perspective

Authors Name(s): Marcia Grimes & Lena Wängnerud
A number of studies explore the link between gender and good government, and confirm the cor-relation first observed by Dollar et al (2001): the number of women in elected office is related to levels of corruption. These studies build on cross-country comparative analyses and have thus far failed to discern whether the observed correlation indicates […] Read more

Careers, connections and corruption risks in Europe

Authors Name(s): Nicholas Charron, Carl Dahlström, Mihály Fazekas, Victor Lapuente
Why do officials in some countries favor entrenched contractors while others assign public con-tracts more impartially? According to the research, such variation responds to differences in politi-cal institutions, economic development and historical preconditions. This paper instead emphasizes the interplay between politics and bureaucracy. It suggests that corruption risks are minimized when the two groups involved […] Read more

Does Good Auditing Generate Quality of Government?

Authors Name(s): Maria Gustavson
Despite the large focus in research and practice on audit, inspections and oversight activities there has been few empirical studies showing the effects of auditing on public sector performance. Hence, we have little knowledge of whether auditing lead to positive, negative or no effects at all on the public sector. This paper argues that there […] Read more

Voter Ideology, Party Systems and Corruption Voting in European Democracies

Authors Name(s): Andreas Bågenholm & Nicholas Charron
There is growing literature on an increasingly ubiquitous puzzle in many democratic countries: why do corrupt officials continue to be re-elected by voters? In this study we address this issue with a novel theory and newly collected original survey data for 24 European countries. The crux of the argument is that the ideological position of […] Read more

Social Trust, Quality of Government and Ethnic Diversity: An Empirical Analysis of 206 Regions in Europe

Authors Name(s): Nicholas Charron & Bo Rothstein
What factors lead to greater levels of generalized trust in society? The research field has established four channels through which it is commonly argued trust is affected at the macro level—economic inequality, civic participation, ethnic heterogeneity, and institutional quality. However, the quanti-tative field has focused overwhelmingly at the national level of analysis, mostly ignoring sub-national […] Read more

Turning a Blind Eye? The Impact of Corruption on Aid Fatigue

Authors Name(s): Monika Bauhr
Why do donors continue to send foreign aid to corrupt countries, despite that corruption is increas-ingly seen as detrimental to economic and environmental development? This study unpacks the complex relationship between corruption and aid fatigue and suggests that while corruption reduces support for foreign aid, reactions to corruption in aid depend on both the circumstances […] Read more

Building Quality of Government. International organizations and educational performance in Africa

Authors Name(s): Monika Bauhr & Nicholas Charron
Although international organizations are often seen as an important transformative power on the international arena, we know less about how and when they promote better domestic institutions. Using data on education outcomes in 53 African countries from 1994-2008, we show that IOs use several empirically distinct channels through which they influence domestic outcomes: conditionali-ty, rankings […] Read more

Women’s Political Representation in the European Regions: The impact from Corruption and Bad Governance

Authors Name(s): Aksel Sundström & Lena Wägnerud
While much of the literature on descriptive representation of women focuses on the formal role played by political parties and institutions, a growing body of research emphasizes the impact of informal institu-tions. We build on this scholarship and hypothesize that, as corruption and partiality in government favor clientelism and advancement of candidates with access to […] Read more

From Åland to Ankara: European Quality of Government Index: 2013 Data, Sensitivity Analysis and Final results

Authors Name(s): Nicholas Charron
This paper presents the latest version of the European Quality of Government Index (‘EQI’). The data builds on a previously published data from 2010 (Charron, Lapuente and Rothstein 2013; Charron, Dijkstra and Lapuente 2013). Based on the largest regionally-focused survey to date, collected in the spring of 2013, the EQI 2013 is draws on over […] Read more

Impartiality and Corruption in Sweden

Authors Name(s): Carl Dahlström and Anders Sundell
This paper presents data on corruption and impartiality from a unique survey with local politicians in Sweden, which includes answers from about 78 percent of the 13 361 politicians active in the 290 Swedish municipalities. On the basis of a number of questions related to impartiality and corruption, and after checking for respondent perception bias, […] Read more