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QoG lunch seminar with Michael Ting

Seminar series

The QoG Institute regularly organizes seminars related to research on Quality of Government. The seminars address the theoretical and empirical problem of how political institutions of high quality can be created and maintained as well as the effects of Quality of Government on a number of policy areas, such as health, the environment, social policy, and poverty.

Speakers are invited from the international research community and experts from NGOs and other organizations to the lunch seminars. The seminars last for one hour and include a short presentation by the speaker (30-35 min) followed by a joint discussion about the topic.

If nothing else is indicated, the seminars are held in English

Title of seminar:
"The Political Economy of Governance Quality"

We develop a model of the social and political foundations of governance quality. In the model, groups of citizens are differentiated by levels of demand for a public service, and line up to receive the service when the need arises. Elected officials representing these groups anticipate these needs and invest in organizational capacity to service citizen demand while prioritizing their constituents. The model is built on a tractable foundation that is drawn from well known queueing models of organizational service provision. A central finding is that bureaucratic quality ameliorates the effects of political polarization. The results also predict when citizens are likely to be satisfied with government, and also when privatization produces better social outcomes. Finally the model provides a "life cycle" account of government programs, whereby some programs become stable and politically robust while others are transitory.

Lecturer: Michael Ting (visiting scholar 19-25 March) Professor, Political Science Department, University of Columbia http://www.columbia.edu/~mmt2033/Michael_Tings_Columbia_website/Welcome.html

Date: 3/22/2017

Time: 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

Categories: Social Sciences

Organizer: The Quality of Government Institute

Location: Stora Skansen (B336) Sprängkullsgatan 19

Contact person: Alice Johansson

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