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Executive Politics and Governance

Elites, Institutions and the Quality of Government

Editors: Dahlström, Carl, Wängnerud, Lena (Eds.)

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To a large extent, elite politicians, bureaucrats, and businessmen hold the fortunes of their societies in their hands. This edited volume describes how formal and informal institutions affect elite behaviour, which in turn affects corruption and the quality of government.

About the authors

Mattias Agerberg, University of Gothenburg, Sweden Andreas Bågenholm, Senior Lecturer, Department of Political Science and the Program Manager for the Quality of Government Institute, University of Gothenburg, Sweden Nicholas Charron, Associate Professor, Department of Business and Politics, Copenhagen Business School and the Department of Political Science at the University of Gothenburg, Sweden Agnes Cornell, Assistant Professor, Department of Political Science and Government, Aarhus University, Denmark Stefan Dahlberg, Assistant Professor, Department of Political Science, University of Gothenburg, Sweden Carl Dahlström, Professor at the Quality of Government Institute, Department of Political Science, University of Gothenburg, Sweden Michelle D'Arcy, Assistant Professor of Political Science, Trinity College Dublin, Ireland Marcia Grimes, Associate Professor, Department of Political Science, University of Gothenburg, Sweden Sören Holmberg, Professor Emeritus in political science, University of Gothenburg, Sweden Philip Keefer, Principal Advisor of the Institutions for Development Department of the Inter-American Development Bank Spyros Kosmidis, Departmental Lecturer in Quantitative Methods, Department of Politics and International Relations, University of Oxford, UK Victor Lapuente, Associate Professor, Department of Political Science, University of Gothenburg, Sweden Ulrika Möller, Assistant Professor in Political Science, Department of Political Science, University of Gothenburg, Sweden Petrus Olander, Department of Political Science, University of Gothenburg, Sweden Anna Persson, Assistant Professor, Department of Political Science, University of Gothenburg, Sweden Leonid Polishchuk, Economics Professor, Higher School of Economics, Moscow, Russia Susan Rose-Ackerman, Henry R. Luce Professor of Law and Political Science, Yale University, USA Bo Rothstein, August Röhss Chair in Political Science, University of Gothenburg, Sweden Isabell Schierenbeck, Associate Professor in Political Science, School of Global Studies, University of Gothenburg, Sweden Martin Sjöstedt, Associate Professor in political science, University of Gothenburg, Sweden Helena Olofsdotter Stensöta, Associate Professor in political science, University of Gothenburg, Sweden Anders Sundell, Department of Political Science, University of Gothenburg, Sweden Georgiy Syunyaev, Columbia University, New York, USA Ann Towns, Associate Professor in political science, University of Gothenburg, Sweden Lena Wängnerud, Professor in political science, Quality of Government Institute and the Multidisciplinary Opinion and Democracy Research Group at the University of Gothenburg, Sweden Georgios Xezonakis, Assistant Professor, Department of Political Science, University of Gothenburg and a Research Fellow at the Quality of Government Institute

Reviews

'Elites, Institutions and Quality of Government focuses on the critical obstacle in democratic politics: constraining actors who value their own interests over those of society. Dahlström and Wängnerud's outstanding contribution moves at a rapid pace through the data on the quality of government, corruption, property rights, and gender equality.' Andy Whitford, Alexander M. Crenshaw Professor of Public Policy, University of Georgia, USA

'This book tackles the important question of why the quality of government varies so much across the globe. The authors employ a diverse set of approaches to explore how elites contribute to (or detract from) the quality of government. The volume is comprised of chapters at the research frontier and will be read by those interested in how the interaction of key historical, institutional, and economic factors contribute to good governance.' David E. Lewis, William R. Kenan, Jr. Professor, Vanderbilt University, USA

'This is an excellent book both theoretically, methodologically and empirically. It addresses the important question of how the level of democracy and the quality of government effects the development of a good society. It gives new insights on how institutions constrain elites from destructive and corrupt behavior.' Per Lægreid, Professor in the Department of Administration and Organization Theory, University of Bergen, Norway


Table of contents (16 chapters)

  • How Institutions Constrain Elites from Destructive Behavior

    Dahlström, Carl (et al.)

    Pages 3-12

  • Good Societies Need Good Leaders on a Leash

    Holmberg, Sören (et al.)

    Pages 13-32

  • Are Corrupt Elites Necessary for Corrupt Countries?

    Rose-Ackerman, Susan

    Pages 33-47

  • Prestige, Immunity and Diplomats: Understanding Sexual Corruption

    Towns, Ann

    Pages 49-65

  • The Political and Historical Origins of Good Government: How Social Contracts Shape Elite Behavior

    Persson, Anna (et al.)

    Pages 69-92

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eBook $79.99
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Elites, Institutions and the Quality of Government
Editors
  • Carl Dahlström
  • Lena Wängnerud
Series Title
Executive Politics and Governance
Copyright
2015
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan UK
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-1-137-55628-8
DOI
10.1057/9781137556288
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-137-55627-1
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XIX, 311
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