Academic Profile

UtskriftMy main research is focused on the causes and consequences of administrative reforms.
Why did some politicians decide to create autonomous bureaucracies?
And which are the consequences of different types of public administration in relation to policy implementation? His analysis deals with the historical emergence of bureaucracies as well as with contemporary cross-country differences. His approach uses quantitative and qualitative methodological tools from fields such as Comparative Public Administration, Political Economy and New Institutional Economics.

Other research interests include science policy and the impact of separation/concentration of powers on economic policy-making and financial markets. He received his PhD from the University of Oxford and the Juan March Institute (Madrid) in 2007.

EMPLOYMENT:
2012 – Associate Professor 
2007-2011- Research Fellow
The Quality of Government Institute, University of Gothenburg

EDUCATION:
2007  PhD, Political Science, University of Oxford.
2002  Master of Arts in Social Sciences, Juan March Institute, Madrid.
2000  Master in Public Management, Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona, Universitat Pompeu Fabra, ESADE Barcelona.
1999  Bachelor in Political Science, Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona.

CONTACT:
Dr. Victor Lapuente
Department of Political Science
Sprängkullsgatan 19
Box 711, SE-405 30
University of Gothenburg
Sweden

E-mail: victor.lapuente@pol.gu.se

One response

2 03 2011
Jim Payne

Hello Victor,
I’ve just enjoyed reading your article in El Pais from 2009, discussing why there is so much corruption in Spain. I live in Valencia so I am keenly aware of the amount of corruption in the Spanish political class, and I broadly agree with your analysis of the causes.

I must admit, however, I was disappointed that you didn’t mention the noxious effects of the 1977 Ley de Amnistia which is still being used as a Ley de Punto Final by successive governments and which has penetrated the minds of the political class with the knowledge that any crime, no matter how enormous, can be passed over and forgotten if you have enough political clout.

However I can’t help thinking that the real roots of this corruption in southern Europe are centuries old. (And I must admit to being surprised that your being so penetrated into the Swedish system didn’t oblige you to mention this) I think the primordial reason for the rampant corruption in the Mediterranean cultures is the lack of a Protestant Reformation in their history.
The Calvinist/Lutheran/Protestant faiths developed the individual conscience to a high degree in the faithful. Each person was directly responsible to God for his/her sins and a long and agonising eternity in hellfire would be the result of continued misbehaviour.
On the other hand in the parts of Europe dominated by the Roman Catholic Church, the conscience could relatively easily be massaged back into a state of grace which would allow entry into eternal happiness just by going to confession and reciting, in private, the Sorrowful Mysteries of the Rosary.

There you are – that’s my theory for what it’s worth. There might be a PhD subject there for a Theology student but it would be a very stodgy thesis that emerged I suspect.
Once more – thank you for your article and I shall search down other of your articles in the next few weeks.
Un saludo!
Jim Payne

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