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Mayors and Corruption in Spain: Same Rules, Different Outcomes

Journal article
Authors Salvador Parrado
Carl Dahlström
Victor Lapuente
Published in South European Society and Politics
Volume 23
Pages 303-322
ISSN 1360-8746
Publication year 2018
Published at Quality of Government Institute (QoG)
Department of Political Science
Pages 303-322
Language en
Keywords local government, mayors, PP, Public procurement, Púnica case, trustee theory
Subject categories Political Science


© 2018, © 2018 Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group. In Spain, there has been widespread corruption in the area of public procurement at the local level, although corrupt practices have not affected all municipalities to the same extent. By comparing two municipalities with ‘clean’ and ‘rotten’ corruption records, this article shows that relatively independent bureaucrats—so-called trustees—can act as a check to prevent political moral hazard. Yet, in order to transform their de jure supervisory powers into de facto powers, the trustees must be supported by merit-based human resources policy, rules and standard operating procedures, transparency and independent watchdogs.

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