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

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

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

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

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