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date: 06 July 2022

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This chapter explores how a subnational focus contributes to understanding the factors that determine the quality of government and corruption. It points to the limitation of national-level and cross-country studies and highlights the advantages of adopting a city-level approach and case study research. It emphasizes where a subnational focus adds to the current literature and debates on the quality of government, mainly generating new research questions and theories, as well as describing processes and testing mechanisms. It deals in more detail with explanations regarding economic resources, the role of voters enforcing electoral accountability, civil society, and the political competition. Finally, the chapter proposes a framework that integrates the most relevant factors, combining business associations’ pressure and multilevel political competition. This chapter combines the existing research with examples from quantitative and comparative case studies of Southern and Eastern European cities.

Keywords: local government, quality of government, cities, multilevel perspective, corruption, business association, political competition

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