The Ambiguous Effects of Democracy on Bureaucratic Quality

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The Ambiguous Effects of Democracy on Bureaucratic Quality. / Cornell, Agnes; Andersen, David.

Lund University, 2018. p. 1-47 (STANCE Working Papers Series; Vol. 2018, No. 3).

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Cornell, A & Andersen, D 2018 'The Ambiguous Effects of Democracy on Bureaucratic Quality' STANCE Working Papers Series, no. 3, vol. 2018, Lund University, pp. 1-47.

APA

Cornell, A., & Andersen, D. (2018). The Ambiguous Effects of Democracy on Bureaucratic Quality. (pp. 1-47). (STANCE Working Papers Series; Vol. 2018, No. 3). Lund University.

CBE

Cornell A, Andersen D. 2018. The Ambiguous Effects of Democracy on Bureaucratic Quality. Lund University. pp. 1-47. (STANCE Working Papers Series; 3).

MLA

Cornell, Agnes and David Andersen The Ambiguous Effects of Democracy on Bureaucratic Quality. 1-47. STANCE Working Papers Series; 3. Lund University. 2018, 47 p.

Vancouver

Cornell A, Andersen D. The Ambiguous Effects of Democracy on Bureaucratic Quality. Lund University. 2018 May, p. 1-47. (STANCE Working Papers Series; 3).

Author

Cornell, Agnes ; Andersen, David. / The Ambiguous Effects of Democracy on Bureaucratic Quality. Lund University, 2018. pp. 1-47 (STANCE Working Papers Series; 3).

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TY - UNPB

T1 - The Ambiguous Effects of Democracy on Bureaucratic Quality

AU - Cornell, Agnes

AU - Andersen, David

PY - 2018/5

Y1 - 2018/5

N2 - Recent studies find that higher degrees of democracy are related to higher levels of bureaucratic quality. However, they only offer limited explanations for this pattern based on a unidimensional understanding of democracy. We argue that future uncertainties as perceived by the incumbent, the opposition, and voters are important for why bureaucratic reform takes place. Therefore, we expect no uniform effects of democracy but that the effect depends on the socioeconomic status of the median voter. Empirically, we examine the separate effects of three dimensions of democracy ā€“ competitive elections, legislative constraints on the executive, and suffrage. Based on a global sample of countries from 1790 to 2016 that adds historical depth and variation on bureaucratic quality and the dimensions of democracy, the results show that competitive elections and legislative constraints are connected with higher levels of bureaucratic quality. However, the third dimension of suffrage is not related to bureaucratic quality. Rather, the positive effects of competitive elections and legislative constraints seem to decrease in times of large suffrage extensions.

AB - Recent studies find that higher degrees of democracy are related to higher levels of bureaucratic quality. However, they only offer limited explanations for this pattern based on a unidimensional understanding of democracy. We argue that future uncertainties as perceived by the incumbent, the opposition, and voters are important for why bureaucratic reform takes place. Therefore, we expect no uniform effects of democracy but that the effect depends on the socioeconomic status of the median voter. Empirically, we examine the separate effects of three dimensions of democracy ā€“ competitive elections, legislative constraints on the executive, and suffrage. Based on a global sample of countries from 1790 to 2016 that adds historical depth and variation on bureaucratic quality and the dimensions of democracy, the results show that competitive elections and legislative constraints are connected with higher levels of bureaucratic quality. However, the third dimension of suffrage is not related to bureaucratic quality. Rather, the positive effects of competitive elections and legislative constraints seem to decrease in times of large suffrage extensions.

KW - Democracy

KW - bureaucarcy

KW - Bureaucratic quality

M3 - Working paper

T3 - STANCE Working Papers Series

SP - 1

EP - 47

BT - The Ambiguous Effects of Democracy on Bureaucratic Quality

PB - Lund University

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