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Corruption and bureaucracy in public services

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  • Luminiţa Ionescu

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    (Academia Romana, Scoala Postodoctorala SPODE/ Spiru Haret University, Bucharest, Romania)

  • George Lăzăroiu

    (Institute of Interdisciplinary Studies in Humanities and Social Studies, New York/ Spiru Haret University, Bucharest, Romania)

  • Gheorghe Iosif

    (Media and Publishing Group "Economic Tribune")

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    Abstract

    The theory that we shall seek to elaborate here puts considerable emphasis on the importance of big-time corruption in reducing funding for service delivery, the value of bureaucracy as a means of delivering public services, and the level of politicization of the public bureaucracy. This paper seeks to fill a gap in the current literature by examining different aspects of the benefits of openness and transparency in tackling corruption in the public sector, the bureaucratization of service tasks, and the failure of bureaucratic systems in delivering public services. In sum, the results of the current paper provide useful insights on the context and causes of corruption, incentives to assure efficiency within the public bureaucracy, and the organizational limits of public bureaucracy.

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    Article provided by Academy of Economic Studies - Bucharest, Romania in its journal The AMFITEATRU ECONOMIC journal.

    Volume (Year): 14 (2012)
    Issue (Month): Special No. 6 (November)
    Pages: 665-679

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    Handle: RePEc:aes:amfeco:v:14:y:2012:i:special_no_6:p:665-679

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    Keywords: corruption; bureaucracy; public service delivery;

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    1. Rick Stapenhurst & Niall Johnston & Riccardo Pelizzo, 2006. "The Role of Parliaments in Curbing Corruption," World Bank Publications, The World Bank, number 7106, October.
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    6. Christopher Coyne, 2008. "The Politics of Bureaucracy and the failure of post-war reconstruction," Public Choice, Springer, vol. 135(1), pages 11-22, April.
    7. Luechinger, Simon & Meier, Stephan & Stutzer, Alois, 2006. "Bureaucratic Rents and Life Satisfaction," IZA Discussion Papers 1964, Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA).
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