Ratio Working Papers
Vad vet vi om kommunal korruption?
Abstract: Since the mid 90´s there has been an increased focus in
media on public scandals in Swedish municipalities. This essay sets out to
eludicate if there are reasons to believe that public corruption in Swedish
municipalities is in fact increasing. By applying instruments from the
institutional rational-choice genre, and by illustrating the main argument
with empirical illustrations, the author draws the conclusion that there
are compelling reasons to believe that organizational reforms during the
last two decades – i.e. new public management – have shaped an
incentive-structure which favours corrupt actitivies, hence increasing
their frequency. The author concludes with a discussion on
reform-strategies to counteract increasing corruption, and calls for
extensive research on this under-researched topic.
Keywords: Corruption; public scandals; institutional rational-choice; Swedish municipalities; New Public Management; (follow links to similar papers)
JEL-Codes: H70; H83; K40; (follow links to similar papers)
38 pages, May 29, 2006
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