Part of the solution

Type: · Author(s): Holmberg, Sören; Rothstein, Bo & Nasiritousi, Naghmeh · Published:
In development policy, international organizations have shifted their focus to the importance of good governance and sound institutions. The theory behind this is that only with a high quality of government (QoG) can a country reap the benefits of economic growth and social development.We review the research behind this policy shift and offer a first […] Read More

Defining and Measuring Quality of Government

Type: · Author(s): Rothstein, Bo; Teorell, Jan · Published:
How can Quality of Government (QoG) be defined and conceptualized for research. In this chapter, a procedural definition based on the notion of impartiality in the exercise of public power is put forward. It is argued that this definition has several advantages compared to other definitions of “corruption” and ” good governance”. In addition, we […] Read More

Good Government: The Relevance of Political Science

Type: · Author(s): Holmberg, Sören; Rothstein, Bo · Published:
In all societies, the quality of government institutions is of the utmost importance for the well-being of its citizens. Problems like high infant mortality, lack of access to safe water, unhappiness and poverty are not primarily caused by a lack of technical equipment, effective medicines or other types of knowledge generated by the natural or […] Read More

Explaining the Welfare State: Power Resources vs. the Quality of Government

Type: · Author(s): Rothstein, Bo; Samanni, Marcus & Teorell, Jan · Published:
The hitherto most successful theory explaining why similar industrialized market economies have developed such varying systems for social protection is the Power Resource Theory (PRT), according to which the generosity of the welfare state is a function of working class mobilization. In this paper, we argue that there is an under-theorized link in the micro-foundations […] Read More

Can markets be expected to prevent themselves from self-destruction?

Type: · Author(s): Rothstein, Bo · Published:
Even if competitive markets have shown themselves to be the most efficient organizational formfor creating economic efficiency, the question of how they can avoid destructive influence from agents with opportunistic motives remains unresolved. Different institutional approaches have argued that to be efficient, markets need to be embedded in a set of formal and informal institutions. […] Read More

Anti-Corruption: The Indirect “Big-Bang” Approach

Type: · Author(s): Rothstein, Bo · Published:
In policies for economic development, anti-corruption measures have received increased attention. The policy advice from the international “good governance regime”, which is based on the principal-agent theory, is geared towards incremental change that will set in motion a “virtues circle”. It is argued that this theory and the following incremental policy approach is dysfunctional for […] Read More

Reinventing Weber. The Role of Institutions in Creating Social Trust

Type: · Author(s): Pierre, Jon; Rothstein, Bo · Published:
How the introduction of New Public Management efforts in many developing countries run into diffuculties and ususally cannot be realized. The reason is that in order to work, market oriented administrations must be based on an underlying structure of the Weberian type of public adminstration that usually is not present. The result of introducing NPM […] Read More

Dying of Corruption

Type: · Author(s): Holmberg, Sören; Rothstein, Bo · Published:
Abstract: In many poor countries, over 80% of the population have experienced corrupt practices in the health sector. In rich countries, corruption takes other forms such as overbilling. The causal link between low levels of the quality of government (QoG) and population health can be either direct or indirect. Using cross-sectional data from more than […] Read More

Transparency International CPI 2012

Type: · Author(s): Transparency International · Published:
The Corruption Perceptions Index ranks countries and territories based on how corrupt their public sector is perceived to be. A country or territory’s score indicates the perceived level of public sector corruption on a scale of 0 – 100, where 0 means that a country is perceived as highly corrupt and 100 means it is […] Read More

Exporting Corruption? Country enforcement of the OECD anti-bribery convention, progress report 2012

Type: · Author(s): Heimann, Fritz; Gillian Dell · Published:
This is the eighth annual progress report on OECD Convention enforcement by Transparency International. The OECD Convention on Combating Bribery of Foreign Public Officials in International Business Transactions, adopted in 1997, requires each signatory country to make foreign bribery a crime. It is a key instrument for curbing the export of corruption globally because the […] Read More