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Power Corrupts, but Can Office Ennoble?


  • Brennan, Geoffrey
  • Pettit, Philip


This paper investigates the effects of increased power associated with higher office on the quality of agent performance, within the context of a model in which agents care about what others think of them. They care that is about the esteem they enjoy. The object is to conduct a simple comparative static exercise in the "economy of esteem", isolating the various dimensions of the relation between office held and esteem-related incentives to perform in a more estimable way. Copyright 2002 by WWZ and Helbing & Lichtenhahn Verlag AG

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  • Brennan, Geoffrey & Pettit, Philip, 2002. "Power Corrupts, but Can Office Ennoble?," Kyklos, Wiley Blackwell, vol. 55(2), pages 157-178.
  • Handle: RePEc:bla:kyklos:v:55:y:2002:i:2:p:157-78

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    1. Wolff,Edward N., 2006. "Growth, Accumulation, and Unproductive Activity," Cambridge Books, Cambridge University Press, number 9780521034753, March.
    2. Dora L. Costa, 1998. "The Evolution of Retirement: An American Economic History, 1880-1990," NBER Books, National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc, number cost98-1, January.
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    1. Hamlin, Alan & Jennings, Colin, 2011. "Expressive Political Behaviour: Foundations, Scope and Implications," British Journal of Political Science, Cambridge University Press, vol. 41(03), pages 645-670, July.

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