Myths of Corruption Prevention. What is (Not) Good With a Weberian Bureaucracy?

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Carl Dahlström

University of Gothenburg - Department of Political Science

Victor Lapuente

University of Gothenburg - Department of Political Science

Date Written: 2011

Abstract

It is often stated that the public sector should be separated from politics and that an isolated bureaucracy, in this sense, is less prone to corruption. The cornerstone of such propositions is that the activities of politicians and administrators should be separated so that politicians dominate policy making, while administrators dominate implementation. This paper investigates if the organizational characteristics aimed at isolating bureaucrats from politicians are correlated with lower levels of corruption in countries across the world. Using a unique dataset measuring features of the public sector administration in 97 countries, we show that there is no empirical association between four standard indicators of an isolated bureaucracy and low corruption.

Suggested Citation

Dahlström, Carl and Lapuente, Victor, Myths of Corruption Prevention. What is (Not) Good With a Weberian Bureaucracy? (2011). APSA 2011 Annual Meeting Paper, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1900909

Carl Dahlström (Contact Author)

University of Gothenburg - Department of Political Science ( email )

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Göteborg, S-405 30
Sweden

Victor Lapuente

University of Gothenburg - Department of Political Science ( email )

Box 711
Göteborg, S-405 30
Sweden

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