The Oxford Handbook of the Quality of Government by Andreas Bågenholm, ISBN-13: 978-0198858218


The Oxford Handbook of the Quality of Government by Andreas Bågenholm, ISBN-13: 978-0198858218

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  • Publisher: ‎ Oxford University Press (September 20, 2021)
  • Language: ‎ English
  • 880 pages
  • ISBN-10: ‎ 0198858213
  • ISBN-13: ‎ 978-0198858218

Recent research demonstrates that the quality of public institutions is crucial for a number of important environmental, social, economic, and political outcomes, and thereby human well-being. The Quality of Government (QoG) approach directs attention to issues such as impartiality in the exercise of public power, professionalism in public service delivery, effective measures against corruption, and meritocracy instead of patronage and nepotism.

This Handbook offers a comprehensive, state-of-the-art overview of this rapidly expanding research field and also identifies viable avenues for future research. The initial chapters focus on theoretical approaches and debates, and the central question of how QoG can be measured. A second set of chapters examines the wealth of empirical research on how QoG relates to democratization, social trust and cohesion, ethnic diversity, happiness and human wellbeing, democratic accountability, economic growth and inequality, political legitimacy, environmental sustainability, gender equality, and
the outbreak of civil conflicts. The remaining chapters turn to the perennial issue of which contextual factors and policy approaches―national, local, and international―have proven successful (and not so successful) for increasing QoG.

The Quality of Government approach both challenges and complements important strands of inquiry in the social sciences. For research about democratization, QoG adds the importance of taking state capacity into account. For economics, the QoG approach shows that in order to produce economic prosperity, markets need to be embedded in institutions with a certain set of qualities. For development studies, QoG emphasizes that issues relating to corruption are integral to understanding development writ large.

Table of Contents:

Introduction: Quality of Government: Why – What – How, Andreas BÃ¥genholm, Monika Bauhr, Marcia Grimes and Bo Rothstein

Part I: Theory and Conceptualization

1. Quality of Government: Theory and Conceptualization, Bo Rothstein

2. The Universalization of Ethical Universalism, Alina Mungiu-Pippidi

3. ‘Quality of Government’: A Philosophical Assessment, Nikolas Kirby & Jonathan Wolf

4. Shadow Elites: Beyond Institutional Corruption Theory and Ill-conceived Anti-Corruption Regimes. Toward A New Research Agenda, Janine Wedel

Part II: Data and methodological Approaches

5. Measuring the Unmeasurable? Taking Stock of QoG Measures, Nicholas Charron

6. Down-To-Earth: What Can We Learn From Local Case Studies?, Eliska Drapalova

7. What We Can Learn About Corruption From Historical Case Studies?, Mark Knights

8. The Ethnographic Study of Corruption, Davide Torsello

Part III: Democracy, Accountability, and Participation

9. Democracy and the Quality of Government, Monika Bauhr and Marcia Grimes

10. Corruption Voting and Electoral Accountability, Andreas BÃ¥genholm

11. Quality of Government and Political Support, Jonas Linde and Stefan Dahlberg

12. Trust, Populism, and the Quality of Government, Philip Keefer, Carlos Scartascini, and Razvan Vlaicu

13. Social Accountability and Quality of Government: Effectiveness and Recursive Effects, Frida Boräng and Marcia Grimes

14. Civil Society Against Corruption, Donatella della Porta and Alice Mattoni

15. Electoral Rules and Corruption: A Meta-Analysis, Georgios Xezonakis and Stephen Dawson

Part IV: Sustainability and Development

16. Inequality and Corruption, Jong-sung You

17. The Quality of Government and Economic Growth, Pelle Ahlerup, Thushyanthan Baskaran, and Arne Bigsten

18. Economic Diversification, Homogeneity of Interests and the Impartiality of Government, Petrus Olander

19. Quality of Government and Environmental Sustainability, Marina Povitkina and Simon Matti

20. Inequality, Education, and Corruption, Eric Uslaner

Part V: International Policies and Global Strategies

21. Foreign Aid and Quality of Government, Simone Dietrich and Matthew S. Winters

22. Corruption, Elites and Power: An Overview of International Policy Efforts to Improve the Quality of Government, Francis Fukuyama and Francesca Recanatini

23. International Efforts to Combat Corruption, Mathis Lohaus and Ellen Gutterman

24. Controlling Corruption: Institutional Strategies, Michael Johnston

Part VI: Diversity, Social Cohesion, and Well-Being

25. Quality of Government and Social Trust, Peter Thisted Dinesen and Kim Mannemar Sønderskov

26. Gender, Gender Equality, and Corruption: A Review of Theory and Evidence, Amy C. Alexander

27. Bringing Politics Back In: Ethnic Fractionalization, Quality of Government, and Public Goods Provision Revisited, Anna Persson

28. Happiness and the Quality of Government, John Helliwell, Haifang Huang, and Shun Wang

29. Governance Beyond the State: Social Institutions and Service Delivery, Ruth Carlitz and Ellen Lust

Part VII: State Structure and Policy

30. Bureaucracy and Government Quality, Carl Dahlström and Victor Lapuente

31. Pockets of Effectiveness and Islands of Integrity: Variation in Quality of Government Within Central State Administrations, Erin Metz McDonnell and Luiz Vilaça

32. Improving Governance in Tightly Controlled Societies: The Importance of Transformational Leadership, Robert I. Rotberg

33. Taxation and the Quality of Government, Steven M. Karceski and Edgar Kiser

34. Quality of Government and Welfare State Support, Staffan Kumlin

Part VIII: State Building and Breakdown

35. The Challenge of State Building in Historical Perspective: How States are Built Critically Affects Political Development and Quality of Government, Sheri Berman

36. State Capacity, Quality of Government, Sequencing and Development Outcomes, Michelle D’Arcy and Marina Nistotskaya

37. The Quality of Government and Civil Conflict, Annekatrin Deglow and Hanne Fjelde

38. Organized Crime and the Quality of Government, Leslie Holmes

Andreas Bågenholm is Senior Lecturer and a Research Fellow at the Quality of Government (QoG) Institute, University of Gothenburg. Andreas Bågenholm’s research focuses on electoral accountability and corruption. Bågenholm has published his work in several peer-reviewed journals, such as Electoral Studies, West European Politics and Public Choice.

Monika Bauhr is Associate Professor of Political Science and a Research Fellow at the Quality of Government (QoG) Institute, University of Gothenburg. She is currently a visitng scholar at the Minda de Gunzburg Center for European Studies, Harvard University. Her most recent work appears in journals
such as the International Studies Quarterly, Global Environmental Politics, Governance, the European Journal of Political Research, the Journal of Common Market Studies, the Journal of European Public Policy and Comparative Political Studies.

Marcia Grimes is Associate Professor of Political Science and a Research Fellow at the Quality of Government (QoG) Institute, University of Gothenburg. She has published in numerous journals such as Governance, the Journal of Politics and the European Journal of Political Research.

Bo Rothstein holds the August Röhss Chair in Political Science, University of Gothenburg. Together with Sören Holmberg, he founded the Quality of Government (QoG) Institute, University of Gothenburg. His publications include Controlling Corruption (OUP, 2021), Making Sense of Corruption (with Aiysha Varraich, CUP, 2017), and Restructuring the Welfare State (with Sven Steinmo, Palgrave, 2002).

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