EconPapers    
Economics at your fingertips  
 

The Political Economy of Institutions and Corruption in American States

James E. Alt and David Lassen ()

Journal of Theoretical Politics, 2003, vol. 15, issue 3, 341-365

Abstract: Theoretically, this article draws on political agency theory to formulate hypotheses. Empirically, it shows that political institutions have a role in explaining the prevalence of political corruption in American states. In the states, a set of democracies where the rule of law is relatively well established and the confounding effects of differing electoral systems and regimes are absent, institutional variables relating to the openness of the political system inhibit corruption. That is, other things equal, the extent to which aspiring politicians can enter and gain financial backing, and to which voters can focus their votes on policies and thereby hold incumbent politicians accountable for policy outcomes and find substitutes for them if dissatisfied with those outcomes, reduce corruption as a general problem of agency. These institutional effects are estimated in the presence of controls for variables representing other approaches.

Date: 2003
References: View references in EconPapers View complete reference list from CitEc
Citations: View citations in EconPapers (57) Track citations by RSS feed

Downloads: (external link)
https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/10.1177/0951692803015003006 (text/html)

Related works:
Working Paper: The Political Economy of Institutions and Corruption in American States (2002) Downloads
This item may be available elsewhere in EconPapers: Search for items with the same title.

Export reference: BibTeX RIS (EndNote, ProCite, RefMan) HTML/Text

Persistent link: https://EconPapers.repec.org/RePEc:sae:jothpo:v:15:y:2003:i:3:p:341-365

DOI: 10.1177/0951692803015003006

Access Statistics for this article

More articles in Journal of Theoretical Politics
Bibliographic data for series maintained by SAGE Publications ().

 
Page updated 2022-08-11
Handle: RePEc:sae:jothpo:v:15:y:2003:i:3:p:341-365