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QoG lunchseminarium med Bilyana Petrova

Samhälle & ekonomi

QoG-institutet arrangerar regelbundet seminarier på temat samhällsstyrningens kvalitet samt korruptionens orsaker och konsekvenser. På QoG lunchseminariet denna veckan presenterar Bilyana Petrova. Titel på seminariet är: "Redistribution, Democratic Accountability, and the Quality of Government: Evidence from Central and Eastern Europe".

Seminarium
Datum
14 okt 2020
Tid
12:00 - 13:00
Plats
På grund av Covid-19 arrangeras detta seminarium via zoom

Medverkande
Bilyana Petrova, Postdoctoral Scholar, Stone Center on Socio-Economic Inequality, City University of New York
Arrangör
The Quality of Government Institute

Title

Redistribution, Democratic Accountability, and the Quality of Government: Evidence from Central and Eastern Europe

Abstract

The welfare state literature has largely ignored the impact of a country’s quality of government on its levels of redistribution. Using cross-sectional time-series analysis of twenty-one Central and Eastern European countries, this article shows that environments characterized by higher levels of corruption, rampant bureaucratic inefficiency and ineffective enforcement of the rule of law are associated with lower levels of redistribution. Poor government directly affects the supply side of the redistribution process by hindering countries’ ability to allocate funds to redistribution and deliver them to their beneficiaries. Contrary to existing demand-oriented perspectives, the proposed causal mechanism does not blame lower redistribution on the lack of public support for the welfare state. Rather, it focuses on the capacity of states to adopt and implement inequality-reducing policies. The results are robust to numerous extensions and model specifications.