Do corruption measures have a perception problem? Assessing the relationship between experiences and perceptions of corruption among citizens and experts

Type: · Author(s): Nicholas Charron · Published:
How well do corruption perception measures reflect actual levels of public sector corruption? Leading cross-national corruption perception measures have come under much theoretical and empirical scrutiny in recent years, with serious implications for the validity and reliability of the data in this ever growing sub-field. Critics argue that perceptions – in particular those of outside […] Read More

Voter, ideology, party system and corruption voting in European democracies

Type: · Author(s): Andreas Bågenholm, Nicholas Charron · Published:
In recent decades, the harmful effects of corruption on a society have been empirically established and are now considered indisputable. It is associated with less economic development, greater inequality, poorer health outcomes and environmental conditions, less generalized trust and less happy populations (Mauro 1995; Holmberg and Rothstein 2011; Welsch 2004; Gupta et al. 2002). According to democratic theory, one […] Read More

Mapping the Regional Divide in Europe: A Measure for Assessing Quality of Government in 206 European Regions

Type: · Author(s): Nicholas Charron, Lewis Dijkstra, Victor Lapuente · Published:
Do aspects of quality of government, broadly defined, such as corruption, impartiality, and quality of public services, vary below the country level? The concept of quality of government (QoG) and various measures to assess it have become more ubiquitous in several social science disciplines. QoG is related with economic and social development, better environmental conditions, […] Read More