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The Governor’s Dilemma | Philipp Genschel

Professor Philipp Genschel addresses governors' dilemma of undercutting the competence of intermediaries in order to preserve a strong power.

26 July 2022 | Video

In this Schuman Short, Professor Philipp Genschel explains that governors need their intermediaries to be competent at their jobs. However, this increases ruler's control problems because the competence in producing good outcomes and preventing bad ones gives intermediaries leverage over the leader.

"This then is the governor's dilemma: Either high competence or strong control, but not both"

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Last update: 26 July 2022

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