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

Volume 3: Government Favouritism in Europe

Type: · Author(s): Alina Mungiu-Pippidi (editor). Contributions by Muhittin Acar, Elizabeth Dávid-Barrett, Valentina Dimulescu, Madalina Doroftei, Ugur Emek, Mihály Fazekas, Stefan Karaboev, Péter András Lukács, Roberto Martínez B. Kukutschka, Alina Mungiu-Pippidi, Munir Podumljak, Salvatore Sberna, Ruslan Stefanov, István János Tóth, Alberto Vannucci, Andrew Wilson, Todor Yalamov · Published:
This volume reunites the fieldwork of 2014-2015 in the ANTICORRP project. It is entirely based on objective indicators and offers both quantitative and qualitative assessments of the linkage between political corruption and organised crime using statistics on spending, procurement contract data and judicial data. The methodology used in the analysis of particularism of public resource distribution is applicable to […] 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

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

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