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The Quality of Government: Corruption, Social Trust, and Inequality in International Perspective
by Bo Rothstein
University of Chicago Press, 2011
Paper: 978-0-226-72957-2 | Cloth: 978-0-226-72956-5 | eISBN: 978-0-226-72958-9
Library of Congress Classification JF1081.R684 2011
Dewey Decimal Classification 364.1323

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ABOUT THIS BOOK
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 Government tackles such issues as political legitimacy, social capital, and corruption.

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