The Quality of Government: Corruption, Social Trust, and Inequality in International Perspective

Paperback | September 1, 2011

byBo Rothstein

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The relationship between government, virtue, and wealth has held a special fascination since Aristotle, and the importance of each frames policy debates today in both developed and developing countries. While it’s clear that low-quality government institutions have tremendous negative effects on the health and wealth of societies, the criteria for good governance remain far from clear.
 
In this pathbreaking book, leading political scientist Bo Rothstein provides a theoretical foundation for empirical analysis on the connection between the quality of government and important economic, political, and social outcomes. Focusing on the effects of government policies, he argues that unpredictable actions constitute a severe impediment to economic growth and development—and that a basic characteristic of quality government is impartiality in the exercise of power. This is borne out by cross-sectional analyses, experimental studies, and in-depth historical investigations. Timely and topical, The Quality of Government tackles such issues as political legitimacy, social capital, and corruption.

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The relationship between government, virtue, and wealth has held a special fascination since Aristotle, and the importance of each frames policy debates today in both developed and developing countries. While it’s clear that low-quality government institutions have tremendous negative effects on the health and wealth of societies, the ...

Bo Rothstein is the August Röhss Chair in Political Science at the University of Gothenburg in Sweden. He is the author of several books, including, most recently, Social Traps and the Problem of Trust.

other books by Bo Rothstein

Social Traps and the Problem of Trust
Social Traps and the Problem of Trust

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:304 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.9 inPublished:September 1, 2011Publisher:University Of Chicago PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0226729575

ISBN - 13:9780226729572

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Table of Contents

Preface and Acknowledgments

1  What Is Quality of Government?

2  Quality of Government: What You Get

3  Corruption: The Killing Fields

4  Creating Political Legitimacy: Representative Democracy versus Quality of Government

5  Curbing Corruption: The Indirect "Big Bang" Approach

6  Quality of Government and the Welfare State

7  The Low Trust–Corruption–Inequality Trap

8  Quality of Government and Social Trust: Two Experiments

9  The Tale of Two Countries: Democratic Jamaica versus High Quality of Government Singapore

10  Preventing Societies from Self-Destructing

References

Index

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“Rothstein presents a number of theoretical frameworks, statistical data, empirical cases, and scenario experiments to explore the relationship between QoG and many important economic and social outcomes in a readable and convincing way. . . . The book does an excellent job of analyzing why and how QoG matters, and its findings are both important and enlightening. . . . An important piece of scholarship that is worth reading not only for academic researchers in the fields of political legitimacy, social capital, and corruption but also for policymakers who would like to translate discourse into practice.”