Combining value for money with increased aid to fragile states: welcome partnership or clash of agendas?

Type: · Author(s): Scott, Zoë; Mcloughlin, Claire; Marquette, Heather · Published:
This article examines the origins and main strands of recent debates within the international development community regarding the tensions between increasing aid allocation to so-called‘ fragile states’ and growing domestic and international pressure for donors to demonstrate measurable results and returns on their investments. This article examines the origins and main strands of recent debates […] Read More

Corruption indicators in Performance Assessment Frameworks for budget support

Type: · Author(s): Rao, Sumedh; Marquette, Heather · Published:
Corruption indicators have been used in budget support Performance Assessment Frameworks (PAFs)for a variety of purposes, including to control for misappropriation of funds, assess Government performance on fighting corruption, and in some cases act as an aid disbursement trigger. Corruption indicators have been used in budget support Performance Assessment Frameworks (PAFs) for a variety of […] Read More

Corruption, Religion and Moral Development

Type: · Author(s): Marquette, Heather · Published:
Pre-print chapter submitted for the Handbook of Research on Development and Religion, ed. Matthew Clarke, Cheltenham: Edward This chapter examines how attitudes towards corruption are formed, in terms of the impact that religion has on attitudes to moral issues and on moral reasoning. A number of studies, few of which deal specifically with corruption, are […] Read More

Integrity management and the public service ethos in the UK: patchwork quilt or threadbare blanket?

Type: · Author(s): Heywood, Paul · Published:
This article focuses on integrity management in contemporary UK public life. Despite traditionally high standards of integrity in the public service, it has recently been argued that the UK’s approach resembles a patchwork quilt of poorly defined institutional roles, questionable independence, and contested notions of how best to disseminate and uphold ethical practice. The article […] Read More

Danger Zones of Corruption: How Management of the Ministerial Bureaucracy Affects Corruption Risks in Poland

Type: · Author(s): Heywood, Paul; Jan-Hinrik Meyer-Sahling · Published:
This article examines the relationship between management of the ministerial bureaucracy and the risk of high-level corruption in Poland. Four danger zones of corruption in the ministerial bureaucracy are distinguished, comprising the personalisation of appointments, the emergence of multiple dependencies, the screening capacity of the personnel system and the incentive of bureaucrats to develop a […] Read More

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