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The organization of political parties and the politics of bureaucratic reform, Volume 1
 
Author:Cruz, Cesi; Keefer, Philip; Collection Title:Policy Research working paper ; no. WPS 6686
Country:World; Date Stored:2013/11/04
Document Date:2013/11/01Document Type:Policy Research Working Paper
SubTopics:Public Sector Corruption & Anticorruption Measures; Intergovernmental Fiscal Relations and Local Finance Management; Public Sector Expenditure Policy; Public Sector Management and Reform; Public Sector EconomicsLanguage:English
Major Sector:EducationRel. Proj ID:1W-Governance & Political Economy Research -- -- P060358;
Region:The World RegionReport Number:WPS6686
Sub Sectors:Primary educationTF No/Name:TF015098-KCP II - Worldwide Governance Indicators 2014-15; TF095226-PHRD staff grant support for Junko Sekine; TF097855-KCP II - Worldwide Governance Indicators; BBRSB-BB RESEARCH SUPPORT BUDGET; TF091229-THE GROWTH EFFECTS OF PUBLIC INVESTMENTS; TF098334-The Development Effects of Public Sector Management Reform; TF098079-PHRD STAFF GRANT SUPPORT FOR JUNKO SEKINE; TF098332-W3-Accountability; TF039976-WORLD - INSTIT'NS TO MITIGATE FINAN. CRISIS. SOC. TENSION
Volume No:1  

Summary: Bureaucratic reform is a priority of donor organizations, including the World Bank, but is notoriously difficult to implement. In many countries, politicians have little interest in the basic financial and personnel management systems that are essential to political oversight of bureaucratic performance. To explain this, this paper presents a new perspective on the political economy of bureaucracy. Politicians in some countries belong to parties that are organized to allow party members to act collectively to limit leader shirking. This is particularly the case with programmatic parties. Such politicians have stronger incentives to pursue public policies that require a well-functioning public administration. Novel evidence offers robust support for this argument. From a sample of 439 World Bank public sector reform loans in 109 countries, the paper finds that public sector reforms are more likely to succeed in countries with programmatic political parties.

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