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Powering institutions – credibility, enforcement and legitimacy

Frida Boräng ; Helene Ahlborg (Institutionen för energi och miljö, Miljösystemanalys)
Conference paper. Quality of Government (QoG) Conference, 26-29 January 2016, Nice, France (2016)
[Konferensbidrag, övrigt]

Through analyzing a development project with a relatively successful institution building process, and contrasting it to a less successful project, this paper seeks to make a contribution to the literature on institution building in challenging contexts. It investigates a) how trust in an organization can be built in a context characterized by low levels of generalized trust, high levels of corruption and poor institutions (to the extent that people are prepared to invest in these organizations for long-term gain), and b) can free-riding problems can be handled in a local development project in a way that is both effective and legitimate. The analysis is based on an extensive empirical material, including 119 semi-structured interviews with project staff, villagers, and local and district government. The results point to the importance of a) a positive history of play, sustained over a substantial period of time, b) keeping distance from existing corrupt institutions, c) strict enforcement of the rules of the institution, and d) strict impartiality in enforcement.

Nyckelord: Institutions; trust; renewable energy; Africa; corruption; micro-grid



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Institutioner (Chalmers)

Statsvetenskapliga institutionen (GU)
Quality of Government Institute (QoG) (GU)
Institutionen för energi och miljö, Miljösystemanalys (2005-2017)

Ämnesområden

Energi
Hållbar utveckling
Infrastrukturteknik
Statsvetenskap (exklusive studier av offentlig förvaltning och globaliseringsstudier)

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