1. Principled agents?: the political economy of good government – Besley, Timothy 2007 Chapter 3
2. Electoral Accountability and the Control of Politicians: Selecting Good Types versus Sanctioning Poor Performance – James D. Fearon (less important)
3. Electoral Accountability and Corruption: Evidence from the Audits of Local Governments – Claudio Ferraz, Frederico Finan 2009
4. Do Better Paid Politicians Perform Better? Disentangling Incentives from Selection – S Gagliarducci, T Nannicini 2011
5.The Qualities of Leadership: Direction, Communication, and Obfuscation – Torun Dewan and David P. Myatt 2008
Please include empirical examples in the essay.