Careers, Connections, and Corruption Risks: Investigating the Impact of Bureaucratic Meritocracy on Public Procurement Processes

Type: · Author(s): Nicholas Charron, Carl Dahlström, Victor Lapuente, Mihaly Fazekas · Published:
Why do officials in some countries favor entrenched contractors, while others assign public contracts more impartially? This article emphasizes the important interplay between politics and bureaucracy. It suggests that corruption risks are lower when bureaucrats’ careers do not depend on political connections but on their peers. We test this hypothesis with a novel measure of […] Read More

Need or Greed? Conditions for Collective Action against Corruption

Type: · Author(s): Monika Bauhr · Published:
This article calls into question one of the implicit assumptions linking democratic accountability to reduced corruption, namely, that citizens will expose institutions rife with venality and mobilize for better government. Instead, mobilization may be contingent on the type of corruption. The study develops a distinction between need and greed corruption and suggest that citizens are […] Read More

Explaining the allocation of regional Structural Funds: The conditional effect of governance and self-rule

Type: · Author(s): Nicholas Charron · Published:
What regional factors can explain the heterogeneity in Structural Funds distribution to European Union regions? Past studies have shown that aside from the level of economic development and rates of unemployment, other political, and economic factors systematically explain why certain European Union regions receive greater funding than others, in particular where there is room for […] Read More

Does education lead to higher generalized trust? The importance of quality of government

Type: · Author(s): Nicholas Charron, Bo Rothstein · Published:
Generalized trust has become a prominent concept at the nexus of several disciplines, and the wide differences in trust between different societies continue to puzzle the social sciences. In this study, we explore the effects of micro and macro level factors in explaining an individual’s propensity to ‘trust others’. We hypothesize that higher levels of […] Read More

Ideology, Party Systems and Corruption Voting in European Democracies

Type: · Author(s): Nicholas Charron, Andreas Bågenholm · Published:
What is the impact of corruption on citizens’ voting behavior? There is a growing literature on an increasingly ubiquitous puzzle in many democratic countries: that 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 […] Read More

Violence and the costs of honesty: Rethinking bureaucrats’ choice to take bribes

Type: · Author(s): Sundström, Aksel · Published:
Explanations of bureaucrats’ decisions to take bribes include accounts of incentives as well as expectations. However, there are further considerations in violent contexts, where refusal of bribes may have dire consequences. Yet, insight into this topic is limited. This article investigates how violence upholds bribery, through interviews with South African officials who enforce regulations in […] Read More

Political Control of Bureaucracies as an Incentive for Political Party Behavior

Type: · Author(s): Marcia Grimes and Agnes Cornell · Published:
This paper examines theoretically and empirically the institutional conditions relevant to political linkage strategies between voters and parties. More specifically, we analyze whether and the extent to which the public administration is politically controlled affects political parties’ linkage strategies, whether clientelistic or programmatic. Political parties and their leaders are of crucial importance in democratic polities, […] Read More

Good Government in Mexico: The Relevance of the Gender Perspective

Type: · Author(s): Marcia Grimes & Lena Wängnerud · Published:
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

Type: · Author(s): Nicholas Charron, Carl Dahlström, Mihály Fazekas, Victor Lapuente · Published:
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