Power corrupts, but can office ennoble?

Geoffrey Brennan, Philip Pettit

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This paper investigates the effects of increased power associated with higher office on the quality of agent performance, within the context of a model in which agents care about what others think of them. They care that is about the esteem they enjoy. The object is to conduct a simple comparative static exercise in the 'economy of esteem', isolating the various dimensions of the relation between office held and esteem-related incentives to perform in a more estimable way.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)157-178
Number of pages22
Issue number2
StatePublished - May 2002
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)
  • Economics and Econometrics


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