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    Acrn Blog: Corruption and Marketization: Formal and Informal Rules in Chinese Public Procurement

    ACRN Guest Blogger Ting Gong discusses her recent research findings, which investigate why marketization has failed to reduce corruption in public procurement in China.

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    Acrn Blog: The Effect of Immigration on Destination-Country Corruption

    ACRN Blogger Eugen Dimant investigates whether immigrants from highly corrupt countries have an impact on corruption in their host countries.

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    Parliamentary Codes are Proliferating, But Do They Curb Corruption?

    ACRN guest blogger Liz David-Barrett discusses the recent vogue for parliamentary codes of conduct. She argues that while codes are not sufficient to curb corruption, the very process of drafting a code can help parliamentarians establish common norms - especially in democratising countries.

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    Acrn Blog: Wages increases for public officials: not such a good idea after all?

    Guest blogger Eugen Dimant discusses some of the latest trends in experimental research on corruption, in particular his latest work on modelling the shortcomings of increasing public officials’ wages as a measure to curb corruption.

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    Acrn Blog: Corruption and Social Capital

    Guest blogger Luca Saporiti investigates the relationship between the quality of social capital and corruption levels.

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    ANTICORRP Researchers Win U4 Competition for New Corruption Measurement

    Two FP7 ANTICORRP project researchers, Mihály Fazekas and István János Tóth, won the U4 challenge for their work on developing indicators to measure institutionalised grand corruption in public procurement.

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    State capture, white collar crime and corruption in Europe: the role for non-state actors

    A review of papers dealing with anti-corruption topics at ECPR's September conference held in Bordeaux, France.

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    The Role of Parliaments in Curbing Corruption

    ACRN Guest Blogger Dr. Riccardo Pelizzo discusses the role legislatures can play in keeping executive corruption in check.

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10 Feb 2014
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Sanctions, Benefits, and Rights: Three Faces of Accountability

This paper explores whether decentralised governments provide better accountability mechanisms to citizens by studying 30 randomly selected municipalities in Mexico. It finds that civil society activism is effective in ensuring service delivery, the relationship citizen groups have with local governments is extractive, rather than based on rights and demands of good performance. An appreciation of this distinction in the way accountability mechanisms function on the ground have important ...

10 Feb 2014
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Integrating Human Rights in the Anti-Corruption Agenda: Challenges, Possibilities and Opportunities

This report examines how the use of a human rights framework can strengthen and enhance anti-corruption strategies. It argues that both discourses are principally concerned with the abuse of power and the human rights norms and principles can enrich anti-corruption policy-making by illuminating how power is socially organised.

10 Feb 2014
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Deterrence and Constrained Enforcement: Alternative Regimes to Deal with Bribery

This paper provides interesting insights into deterence of bribery by investigating how bribe transactions are enforced. It integrates insights from a Law and Economics perspective with transaction cost analysis. The author develops a game-theoretic approach to show that, irrespective of whether a rational choice or a behavioral approach is employed, increasing penalties and the risks of detection is not always advisable. Penalties can have a perverse effect by helping corrupt actors create the ...

10 Feb 2014
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Global Corruption Report 2006: Health

Health is a major global industry, a key responsibility and budget expense for governments and businesses; but more than that, it is a global human right. Corruption deprives people of access to health care and leads to poor health outcomes. Every year the world spends more than US $3 trillion on health services, most of which is financed by taxpayers. These large flows of funds are an attractive target for abuse. The diversity of health systems worldwide, the multiplicity of parties involved, ...

10 Feb 2014
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Corruption and the Shadow Economy: An Empirical Analysis

This study theoretically and empirically explores the relationship between the level of corruption in a country and the size of its black market or "shadow economy". The authors hypothesize that in high income countries, the shadow economy serves as a substitute for political corruption, while in low income countries, the two activities compliment one another. However, when testing the empirical relationship between perceived corruption (ICRG data) and the shadow economy (Johnson 2005), they ...

10 Feb 2014
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Open Budget Survey Report 2010

The only independent and comparative measure of its kind, the Open Budget Survey assesses whether governments meet basic standards of transparency and accountability with national budgets. This report on the survey findings reveals that 74 of the 94 countries assessed fail to meet basic standards, which opens the door to abuse and inappropriate and inefficient use of public money.

10 Feb 2014
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The State of Governance in Bangladesh in 2009: Entitlement, Responsiveness, Sustainability

The Institute of Governance Studies at BRAC University has recently published four summary reports from its annual publication, the State of Governance in Bangladesh. The State of Governance is the only governance report published on Bangladesh from Bangladesh. The summary reports deal with: the use of information technology to improve public service delivery to the poor, the energy sector, food security and labour migration. These reports offer excellent illustrations of the challenges of ...

10 Feb 2014
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Global Corruption Report 2008: Water

More than 1 billion people live with inadequate access to safe drinking water, with dramatic consequences for lives, livelihoods and development. Transparency International’s Global Corruption Report 2008 demonstrates in its thematic section that corruption is a cause and catalyst for this water crisis, which is likely to be further exacerbated by climate change. Corruption affects all aspects of the water sector, from water resources management to drinking water services, irrigation and ...

10 Feb 2014
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Who Accepts Bribery? Evidence from a Global Household Survey

This very interesting new paper adds a new dimension to the debate on the cultural roots of corruption. It uses responses from households in 66 countries to address differences in the extent to which bribes and gifts are considered acceptable. It finds that levels of acceptance differ substantially from one country to another, but they do not conform to popular expectations: Respondents in rich, western countries do not exhibit lower levels of acceptance. A higher acceptance of bribery is ...

10 Feb 2014
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Global Corruption Report 2007: Judiciary

Transparency International’s Global Corruption Report 2007 brought together scholars, legal professionals and civil society activists from around the world to examine how, why and where corruption mars judicial processes, and to reflect on remedies for corruption-tainted systems. It focused on judges and courts, situating them within the broader justice system and exploring the impact of judicial corruption on human rights, economic development and governance.

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