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Politics first? Do changes in bilateral political relations affect imports from South Korea to Japan?

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  • Politics first? Do changes in bilateral political relations affect imports from South Korea to Japan?
  • Dahlström, Carl; Lapuente, Victor
  • University of Gothenburg


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Title Politics first? Do changes in bilateral political relations affect imports from South Korea to Japan?
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Dahlström, Carl; Lapuente, Victor

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[Gothenburg, Sweden]:University of Gothenburg

Date 2008-12
Series Title; No QoG working paper series / 2008:25
Pages 31
Subject Country Japan(Asia and Pacific)
South Korea(Asia and Pacific)
Language English
File Type Link
Subject Economy < Trade
Government and Law < International Politics
Holding University of Gothenburg

Abstract

This paper presents a theoretical hypothesis for understanding the success of performance-related incentives in the public sector, based on insights developed in the private sector. The paper argues that incentives are more likely to be implemented in administrations in which there is a relative separation between those who benefit from the incentive system (e.g. politicians) and those who manage it (e.g. senior civil servants). Where the interests of both groups overlap (e.g. the careers of senior officials and politicians are intertwined), incentives will be less credible and thus less likely. Narratives from four OECD countries – Sweden, Korea, Spain and Japan – show that performance-related pay is used significantly more in contexts with clearer separation of interests between politicians and senior civil servants (Sweden and Korean) than in countries with a historical integration of careers and activities at the top of the administration (Spain and Japan).