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Selection of Public Servants into Politics
Discussion paper / Internet publication
 
ID 923008
Author(s) Braendle, Thomas; Stutzer, Alois
Author(s) at UniBasel Stutzer, Alois
Brändle, Thomas
Year 2011
Month and day 05-18
Title Selection of Public Servants into Politics
Series title WWZ Discussion Papers
Volume 2011
Number 06
Publisher / Institution WWZ
URL http://wwz.unibas.ch/uploads/tx_x4epublication/Braendle_Stutzer_Selection_PublicServants_Politics_18_5_2011.pdf
Abstract Countries differ substantially in how they deal with politicians that come from the public sector. Most constitutions include incompatibility and ineligibility rules due to concerns about conflicts of interest and the politicization of the public service. We study how these rules affect the attractiveness of parliamentary mandates for public servants and thus the selection into politics. We compile a novel dataset that captures the fraction of public servants in 71 national legislatures as well as the respective (in)compatibility regimes. On average, there are 7 percentage points fewer public servants in parliaments where a strict regime is in force. Supplementary evidence shows that the fraction of public servants in parliament is positively correlated with government consumption as well as the absence of corruption.
edoc-URL http://edoc.unibas.ch/dok/A5848476
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