What is it about?

We focus on quality of government and how political equality is related to it. Using data on 145 countries and spatial econometric models, our results suggest that countries where political power is more evenly distributed tend on average to have higher levels of institutional quality.

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Understanding the factors behind higher levels of quality of government might help the design of political institutions and institutional settings of more inclusive societies. We contribute to the political economy literature to assess how quality of government can be increased, and identify some factors behind it: political equality and equal access to education.


We use an empirical perspective to assess the impact of political equality on quality of government, and the transmission channel through more education equality.

Izaskun Zuazu
University of Duisburg-Essen, Institute for Socio-Economics

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This page is a summary of: Political equality and quality of government, Kyklos, February 2022, Wiley, DOI: 10.1111/kykl.12295.
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