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Bureaucracy and Quality of Government Carl Dahlström & Victor Lapuente The Quality of Government Institute Statsvetenskapliga institutionen Göteborgs universitet
Research puzzleBureaucracy matters for curbing corruption/increase QoG…yet through which particular characteristics? • Browsed 3 bureaucratic mechanisms in current research • Tested with new datasets
4. Does discretion in public sector salaries lead to opportunities for corruption?
Comparing Local Governments across Europe • 1) Shouldwehave a strong Mayor? • 2) Shouldwekeepclassical separation politicians = policy-making and civil servants = policy-implementation?
1) Strong mayor? … probably not
2) Should we prevent local civil servants from engaging in policy-making?
The Arch of Leadership in good local government (Self 1972, Mouritzen & Svara 2002) Elected Officials Sets policy priorities Requires super-majority to affect CAO’s career CAOs Engaged in policy-making Preserves meritocracy in the rest of the local administration
The Arch of Leadership in Strong Mayor Local Governments Elected officials (Mayor) Monopoly of public policy cycle Margin of manouvre to affect CAO’s and other employees’ careers CAOs