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Hanna Bäck

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Cabinets, Prime Ministers and Corruption. A Comparative Analysis of Parliamentary Governments in Post-War Europe

Författare

  • Hanna Bäck
  • Jan Teorell
  • Staffan I Lindberg

Summary, in English

Why are some states more corrupt than others? Previous research explaining corruption suggests that multiparty governments are associated with higher levels of corruption since it is difficult for voters to hold parties in such cabinets accountable. Drawing on the literature on coalition governance, we suggest that a lack of government corruption has more to do with the ability of other key political actors to control the agents that have been delegated power in cabinet. We use a new dataset (Varieties of Democracy), giving us more specific measures on governmental corruption across a longer time-period. We show that corruption is significantly lower when the Prime Minister (PM) has strong constitutional powers, suggesting that the PM as a principal reduces agency problems.

Avdelning/ar

  • Statsvetenskapliga institutionen

Publiceringsår

2016-05

Språk

Engelska

Publikation/Tidskrift/Serie

STANCE Working Paper Series

Volym

2016

Issue

6

Dokumenttyp

Working paper

Förlag

Department of Political Science, Lund University

Ämne

  • Political Science (excluding Public Administration Studies and Globalization Studies)

Nyckelord

  • corruption
  • multiparty government
  • accountability
  • coalition governance
  • Varieties of Democracy
  • V-dem dataset
  • constitutional power
  • prime ministers

Aktiv

Published

Projekt

  • State-Making and the Origins of Global Order in the Long Nineteenth Century and Beyond