Legal independence vs. leaders' reputation: Exploring drivers of ethics commissions' conduct in new democracies
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|Title:||Legal independence vs. leaders' reputation: Exploring drivers of ethics commissions' conduct in new democracies||Authors:||Tomic, Slobodan||Permanent link:||http://hdl.handle.net/10197/10122||Date:||22-May-2018||Online since:||2019-04-24T11:14:42Z||Abstract:||The article addresses the emerging debate in delegation scholarship over the role of legal independence vs. reputational activism of agency leaders, in shaping de facto independence. The study explores a transitional context, analysing the enforcement styles of Serbian and Macedonian ethics commissions. Through a qualitative analysis of the commissions' enforcement styles, and a quantitative analysis of their rhetorical patterns, the article finds that the commissions' de facto independence was not a function of their legal independence but rather of the reputational craft of their leaders. In new democracies, the role of structural agency insulation is minimized both in containing as well as in fostering de facto independence: informal networks, on the one hand, provide non‐institutional routes for principals to undermine agencies' de facto independence; external conditionality and increased policy salience, on the other hand, provide reputational opportunities for agency leaders to overcome low legal independence.||Type of material:||Journal Article||Publisher:||Wiley||Journal:||Public Administration||Volume:||96||Issue:||3||Start page:||544||End page:||560||Copyright (published version):||2018 John Wiley & Sons Ltd||Keywords:||Legal independence; Ethics commissions; Serbia and Macedonia; New democracies||DOI:||10.1111/padm.12411||Language:||en||Status of Item:||Peer reviewed|
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