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Political Research Exchange - PRX

Corruption and the Responsibility of (Political) Elites

Civil Society
Political Leadership
Voting Behaviour
Panel Number
Panel Chair
Ina Kubbe
Tel Aviv University
Panel Co-Chair
Oksana Huss
Università di Bologna
Panel Discussant
Bo Rothstein
University of Gothenburg

23/08/2018 11:00 - 12:40
Building: VMP 5 Floor: 2 Room: 2055
Situated at the top of state hierarchy, and as components of the state decision-making matrix, political elites hold influence both through direct and indirect channels. By determining politics, administrations and the economy, political elites hold the welfare of their societies in their hands. At the same time, their actions signal the norms and values of a society and they are likely to indirectly influence the behaviour of ordinary citizens through what Werner calls a ‘leader-follower spill over effect’ (Werner 1989: 149). In this line, it is often said that ‘the fish rots from the head down,’ while responsive and responsible leadership is important in setting in motion a virtuous societal development spiral. This implies that the ethical behaviour of political elites is of great importance for achieving quality and transparency of government and that strong political leadership is essential in anti-corruption policy design and implementation of regulatory governance reforms. This panel highlights the importance of transparent, accountable and responsible actions of political leaders for the reduction of corruption, and the building of citizen’s trust in politics.

Paper List

Title Details
Efficient but Crooked? Trade-Offs and Punishment of Corrupt Politicians View Paper Details
Forming of the Patron-Clientelistic System of Relations in Political Elite Structure of Transitional Societies View Paper Details
The Lesser Evil? Corruption Voting and the Importance of Viable Alternatives View Paper Details
The Rotting Fish: Institutional Trust, Dysfunctional Societies, and Corruption Tolerance - A Multilevel Study of the Individual Justification of Corruption in a Global Perspective View Paper Details
Tolerance and Corruption: Tentative Insights from the Low-Corrupt Nordic Setting View Paper Details
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