Advanced

The Merit of Meritocratization: Politics, Bureaucracy, and the Institutional Deterrents of Corruption

Dahlstrom, Carl; Lapuente, Victor and Teorell, Jan LU (2012) In Political Research Quarterly 65(3). p.656-668
Abstract
Comparative studies of corruption focus on the selection and incentives of policymakers. With few exceptions, actors who are in charge of implementing policies have been neglected. This article analyzes an original data set on the bureaucratic features and its effects on corruption in fifty-two countries. Two empirical findings challenge the conventional wisdom in literature. First, certain bureaucratic factors, particularly meritocratic recruitment, reduce corruption, even when controlling for a large set of alternative explanations. Second, the analysis shows that other allegedly relevant bureaucratic factors, such as public employees' competitive salaries, career stability, or internal promotion, do not have a significant impact.
Please use this url to cite or link to this publication:
author
organization
publishing date
type
Contribution to journal
publication status
published
subject
keywords
Corruption, Bureaucracy, Meritocratic recruitment, Public administration
in
Political Research Quarterly
volume
65
issue
3
pages
656 - 668
publisher
SAGE Publications Inc.
external identifiers
  • wos:000307111900014
  • scopus:84860568415
ISSN
1938-274X
DOI
10.1177/1065912911408109
project
The Quality of Government Institute
language
English
LU publication?
yes
id
074ef787-b54d-47b9-ad4a-914ed12ca2ad (old id 3055746)
date added to LUP
2012-09-25 14:26:29
date last changed
2017-09-24 04:14:24
@article{074ef787-b54d-47b9-ad4a-914ed12ca2ad,
  abstract     = {Comparative studies of corruption focus on the selection and incentives of policymakers. With few exceptions, actors who are in charge of implementing policies have been neglected. This article analyzes an original data set on the bureaucratic features and its effects on corruption in fifty-two countries. Two empirical findings challenge the conventional wisdom in literature. First, certain bureaucratic factors, particularly meritocratic recruitment, reduce corruption, even when controlling for a large set of alternative explanations. Second, the analysis shows that other allegedly relevant bureaucratic factors, such as public employees' competitive salaries, career stability, or internal promotion, do not have a significant impact.},
  author       = {Dahlstrom, Carl and Lapuente, Victor and Teorell, Jan},
  issn         = {1938-274X},
  keyword      = {Corruption,Bureaucracy,Meritocratic recruitment,Public administration},
  language     = {eng},
  number       = {3},
  pages        = {656--668},
  publisher    = {SAGE Publications Inc.},
  series       = {Political Research Quarterly},
  title        = {The Merit of Meritocratization: Politics, Bureaucracy, and the Institutional Deterrents of Corruption},
  url          = {http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/1065912911408109},
  volume       = {65},
  year         = {2012},
}