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

ISBN-10: 0226729575

ISBN-13: 9780226729572

Edition: 2011

Authors: Bo 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 Governmenttackles such issues as political legitimacy, social capital, and corruption.
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Book details

List price: $34.00
Copyright year: 2011
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
Publication date: 9/1/2011
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 304
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.946
Language: English

Bo Rothstein is the August R�hss 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.�

Preface and Acknowledgments
What Is Quality of Government?
Quality of Government: What You Get
Corruption: The Killing Fields
Creating Political Legitimacy: Representative Democracy versus Quality of Government
Curbing Corruption: The Indirect "Big Bang" Approach
Quality of Government and the Welfare State
The Low Trust-Corruption-Inequality Trap
Quality of Government and Social Trust: Two Experiments
The Tale of Two Countries: Democratic Jamaica versus High Quality of Government Singapore
Preventing Societies from Self-Destructing
References
Index