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Disorder, dictatorship and government effectiveness: cross-national evidence

  • Andrew Whitford (a1) and Soo-Young Lee (a2)
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Institutional design balances the costs and benefits of dictatorship and disorder. Democracy can be efficient if it improves the performance of government. Yet, sometimes authoritarian governments can be efficient if they reduce disorder. We show that democratisation has a non-linear effect on income-adjusted perceptions of government effectiveness. These findings present a new opportunity to revisit the study of government performance for researchers working in public administration and political science.

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professor andrew b. whitford Department of Public Administration and Policy, University of Georgia, 204 Baldwin Hall, Athens, Georgia 30602-1615, USA, Tel: 706 542 2898, Fax: 706 583 0610, Email: aw@uga.edu
assistant professor soo-young lee Graduate School of Public Administration, Seoul National University, 599 Gwanak-ro, Gwanak-gu, Seoul, Korea 151-742, Tel.: 82 2 880 5575, Fax: 82 2 882 3998, Email: soo3121@gmail.com
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