Does Good Auditing Generate Quality of Government?

Type: · Author(s): Maria Gustavson · Published:
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

Type: · Author(s): Andreas Bågenholm & Nicholas Charron · Published:
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

Type: · Author(s): Nicholas Charron & Bo Rothstein · Published:
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

Type: · Author(s): Monika Bauhr · Published:
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

Type: · Author(s): Monika Bauhr & Nicholas Charron · Published:
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

Type: · Author(s): Aksel Sundström & Lena Wägnerud · Published:
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

Type: · Author(s): Nicholas Charron · Published:
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

Type: · Author(s): Carl Dahlström and Anders Sundell · Published:
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

Gender and corruption: The mediating power of institutional logics

Type: · Author(s): Stensöta, Wängnerud, and Richard Svensson · Published:
Scholars have argued that recruiting more women to office is an effective way to curb corruption; however, the more precise mechanisms underlying why this may be the case have remained unclear. We use meso-level theories to elaborate on the relationship and suggest that institutional logics mediate the effect of gendered experiences on corruption. We make […] Read More

Cleaning Up La Paz

Type: · Author(s): Paul Heywood and Nieves Zúñiga · Published:
The Democracy Lab and Legatum Institute commissioned a series of case studies, in collaboration with Foreign Policy, that examine specific interventions against corruption which have produced positive results. The aim is to tell a set of stories that illustrate how combating corruption works in practice, which may offer insight on some of the larger issues across the […] Read More