Andrei Drives Bentley, Boris Drives Lada: Why Corrupt States Have Clean Agencies.

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Show simple item record McGirr, Shaun 2017-01-26T22:18:00Z NO_RESTRICTION 2017-01-26T22:18:00Z 2016 2016
dc.description.abstract In societies where corruption is rife, why do bureaucrats in some agencies extract more than enough to get rich, while others do not? This dissertation explains why corruption varies across agencies within the same state, when the factors that explain variation across states (e.g. political competition) are weak or absent. In other words, why in corrupt states aren't all agencies equally corrupt? My theory explains how these puzzling cases arise from the interaction between bureaucrats in a hierarchy. They must balance risky collusion necessary to grow the available rents, against competition to take a larger share of these spoils. Characteristics of agencies well-known in the bureaucratic politics literature change the terms of this trade-off, most importantly the degree of information asymmetry between bureaucrats authorizing corruption, and those carrying it out. The greater this asymmetry, the more difficult it is to maintain the collusion necessary to succeed at corruption. I test this and other implications using a novel dataset on Russian public procurement covering five million purchases by 110,000 agencies from 2011-2015.
dc.language.iso en_US
dc.subject Corruption
dc.subject Bureaucracy
dc.subject Russia
dc.subject Procurement
dc.title Andrei Drives Bentley, Boris Drives Lada: Why Corrupt States Have Clean Agencies.
dc.type Thesis en_US
dc.description.thesisdegreename PHD
dc.description.thesisdegreediscipline Political Science
dc.description.thesisdegreegrantor University of Michigan, Horace H. Rackham School of Graduate Studies
dc.contributor.committeemember Clark, William Roberts
dc.contributor.committeemember Min, Brian K
dc.contributor.committeemember Pitcher, Anne
dc.contributor.committeemember Hicken, Allen D
dc.subject.hlbsecondlevel Political Science
dc.subject.hlbtoplevel Social Sciences
dc.identifier.orcid 0000-0002-4882-0185 McGirr, Shaun; 0000-0002-4882-0185 en_US
dc.owningcollname Dissertations and Theses (Ph.D. and Master's)
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