A new paper by Salvador Parrado, Victor Lapuente and Carl Dahlström of University of Gothenburgh titled “The abandoned Trustees. Explaining Corruption in Local Government” (QoG Working Paper Series, 2016:12) has recently been published and is available online at the following link.
The article engages in the debate about how different ways of organising relations between politicians and bureaucrats affect corruption. It explores the causal mechanisms linking the political autonomy of bureaucracy and low corruption by comparing public procurement processes in two Spanish cities. The authors show that independent bureaucrats can act as checks to prevent political moral hazard. At the same time, other institutions must support the bureaucrats, such as, amongst others, merit-based human resources policies, rules and transparency.