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Varieties of connections, varieties of corruption: Evidence from bureaucrats in five countries

Harris, Adam S; Meyer-Sahling, Jan-Hinrik; Mikkelsen, Kim Sass; Schuster, Christian; Seim, Brigitte; Sigman, Rachel; (2022) Varieties of connections, varieties of corruption: Evidence from bureaucrats in five countries. Governance 10.1111/gove.12714. (In press). Green open access

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Abstract

Why do some bureaucrats engage in corruption for personal gain, yet others for political gain? We show that these forms of corruption frequently do not coincide and offer an explanation: bureaucrats hired based on political and personal connections have different identities and incentives which compel them to engage in corruption for political and personal gain respectively. List experiments with a unique sample of 6400 bureaucrats in five countries in Africa and Asia support our argument. As theoretically expected, effects are strongest for bureaucrats whose political patrons remain in power (for corruption for political gain) and who do not need corruption gains to sustain their households (for corruption for personal gain). We also find that personal connections matter more than political connections for bureaucratic recruitment across surveyed countries. Our findings underscore the importance of studying varieties of bureaucratic corruption and of supplementing the politicization literature with studies of personal connections in bureaucracy.

Type: Article
Title: Varieties of connections, varieties of corruption: Evidence from bureaucrats in five countries
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1111/gove.12714
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.1111/gove.12714
Language: English
Additional information: © 2022 The Authors. Governance published by Wiley Periodicals LLC. This is an open access article under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs License, which permits use and distribution in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited, the use is non-commercial and no modifications or adaptations are made.
Keywords: Social Sciences, Political Science, Public Administration, Government & Law, MACHINE POLITICS, CLIENTELISM, POLITICIZATION, PATRONAGE, REFORM, WAGES, MERIT
UCL classification: 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
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH
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URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10154713
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