(Wednesday, 20th May 2020)
Title : What Shapes the Quality and Behavior of Government Officials? Institutional Variation in Selection and Retention Methods
We summarize and discuss the literature on selection and retention rules for government officials. We focus on ``low-information'' offices -- i.e., offices on which voters tend to have less information compared to national legislative bodies and the top of executive branches of the central government. These are important in many settings because, despite the relatively low amount of media coverage devoted to them, they often have considerable power over specific policy domains (we document this for some cases).