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

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

Perspectives on gender and corruption

Type: · Author(s): Agerberg, Mattias · Published:
Quality of Government (QOG) Working Paper 2014:14, “Perspectives on gender and corruption” by Mattias Agerberg The report also includes results from an ongoing in-depth study on Spain (Wängnerud 2015). Read More

Gender and corruption

Type: · Author(s): Wängnerud, Lena · Published:
Wängnerud (2015) “Gender and corruption,” published in Routledge Handbook of Political Corruption (ed. Heywood) 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

Elites, Institutions, and the Quality of Government

Type: · Author(s): Carl Dahlström and Lena Wängnerud (editors). Contributions by Mattias Agerberg, Andreas Bågenholm, Nicholas Charron, Agnes Cornell, Stefan Dahlberg, Carl Dahlström, Michelle D'Arcy, Marcia Grimes, Sören Holmberg, Philip Keefer, Spyros Kosmidis, Victor Lapuente, Ulrika Möller, Petrus Olander, Anna Persson, Leonid Polishchuk, Susan Rose-Ackerman, Bo Rothstein, Isabell Schierenbeck, Martin Sjöstedt, Helena Olofsdotter Stensöta, Anders Sundell, Georgiy Syunyaev, Ann Towns, Lena Wängnerud and Georgios Xezonakis · Published:
Elite politicians, bureaucrats and businessmen hold the fortunes of societies in their hands not only because of their direct influence on politics, administration and economy but also since their behavior indirectly signals how things are done. How are elites persuaded not to use their privileged position to enrich themselves at the expense of the society […] 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

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 contracts more impartially? According to the research, such variation responds to differences in political 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

Institutions as Incentives for Civic Action: Bureaucratic Structures, Civil Society, and Disruptive Protests

Type: · Author(s): Agnes Cornell and Marcia Grimes · Published:
Cornell, Agnes and Marcia Grimes (2015). “Institutions as Incentives for Civic Action: Bureaucratic Structures, Civil Society, and Disruptive Protests.” The Journal of Politics 77(3): 664-678. This paper examines the link between political control of government bureaucracies and citizens’ likelihood to stage disruptive protests. A public administration heavily controlled by politicians, and staffed to a large […] Read More