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Does consultation count for corruption? The causal relations in the EU-28

Dunlop, CA; Kamkhaji, J; Radaelli, CM; Taffoni, G; Wagemann, C; (2020) Does consultation count for corruption? The causal relations in the EU-28. Journal of European Public Policy , 27 (11) pp. 1718-1741. 10.1080/13501763.2020.1784984. Green open access

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Abstract

Consultation is a policy instrument geared toward stakeholder engagement in the formulation of primary and secondary legislation. It ensures certain categories of actors can access draft proposals, examine the evidence produced by government or regulators, provide comments and receive feedback. Using an original dataset of consultation design across the EU-28, we examine how variations in combinations of consultation design matter for perceptions of corruption. Using Ostrom’s Institutional Grammar Tool (IGT), we develop expectations about the causal effects of combinations of formal consultation rules together with the condition of social capital, which captures important attributes of the context in which consultation operates. We test our expectations using set-theoretic techniques. Our findings indicate: formal consultation rules are rarely sufficient for mitigating perceptions of corruption, legally prescribed procedures are often replaced by informal rules, and the limited effect of formal consultation rules on perceptions of corruption is due to an incomplete design of the procedures.

Type: Article
Title: Does consultation count for corruption? The causal relations in the EU-28
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1080/13501763.2020.1784984
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.1080/13501763.2020.1784984
Language: English
Additional information: This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives License (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/), which permits non-commercial re-use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited, and is not altered, transformed, or built upon in any way.
Keywords: Configurational analysis, corruption, consultation, rule-making, institutional grammar tool (IGT), social capital
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of S&HS
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of S&HS > Dept of Political Science
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10115907
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