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Organizing Leviathan

Politicians, Bureaucrats, and the Making of Good Government

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Organizing Leviathan by Carl Dahlstrom
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Why are some countries less corrupt and better governed than others? Challenging conventional explanations on the remarkable differences in quality of government worldwide, this book argues that the organization of bureaucracy is an often overlooked but critical factor. Countries where merit-recruited employees occupy public bureaucracies perform better than those where public employees owe their post to political connections. The book provides a coherent theory of why, and ample evidence showing that meritocratic bureaucracies are conducive to lower levels of corruption, higher government effectiveness, and more flexibility to adopt modernizing reforms. Data comes from both a novel dataset on the bureaucratic structures of over 100 countries as well as from narratives of particular countries, with a special focus on the relationship between politicians and bureaucrats in Spain and Sweden. A notable contribution to the literature in comparative politics and public policy on good governance, and to corruption studies more widely.

Author Biography

Carl Dahlstroem is Professor at the Department of Political Science, Goeteborgs Universitet, Sweden, and Research Fellow at the Quality of Government Institute. His research is concerned with comparative and historical perspectives on public administration, administrative reforms and welfare state policymaking. Victor Lapuente is Associate Professor and Research Fellow in the Quality of Government Institute, at the Department of Political Science, Goeteborgs Universitet, Sweden. His research deals with comparative politics and public administration, combining both quantitative and qualitative methods.
Release date NZ
June 29th, 2017
Pages
270
Illustrations
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Country of Publication
United Kingdom
Imprint
Cambridge University Press
Dimensions
152x228x18
ISBN-13
9781107177598
Product ID
26882326

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