Brazil: Measuring capacity, explaining corruption
In a new article for Governance, Katherine Bersch, Sérgio Praça, and Matthew Taylor respond to calls for better measures of state capacity and bureaucratic autonomy at the subnational level. Their new measures are “objective and independent of outcome.” And they allow exploration of the causes of corruption within Brazil. “Low capacity and autonomy are associated with higher corruption,” they find. Single-party dominance also increases corruption through its negative effects on agency capacity. Read the article.