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    ACRN SPOTLIGHT ARTICLE: CITIZEN RESPONSES TO CORRUPTION SCANDALS

    Brigitte Zimmerman considers the effect of information about corruption on citizens’ involvement in anti-corruption efforts, showing that citizens respond to information about corruption scandals differently depending on their partisanship and the economic impact of the corruption.

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    A NEW TREATY ON BUSINESS AND HUMAN RIGHTS? PLUS: THE UNCAC, EITI AND PETTY CORRUPTION IN POST-ARAB SPRING TUNISIA

    In the wake of the UNHRC’s resolution in June to work towards a new treaty on business and human rights, Keith Henderson, professor at the Washington College of Law, considers the possible implications for the anti-corruption community. He also presents a paper on Tunisia’s legal anti-corruption framework post-revolution.

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    WOMEN AND CORRUPTION IN PUBLIC SERVICE: THE SRI LANKAN EXPERIENCE

    To identify the distinct effects of corruption on women and their relative vulnerability when obtaining public services, Transparency International Sri Lanka conducted a research project entitled Women's Experience of Corruption in Public Service

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    Let’s Create Sub-National Corruption Perception Indexes for the BRICS

    A new post from Professor Matthew Stephenson makes the case for regional corruption perceptions indexes to account for heterogeneity across regions, particularly in BRICS countries and those with substantial political decentralization.

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04 Nov 2010
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Commercial Corruption and Money Laundering: A Preliminary Analysis

This article examines the relationship between commercial corruption and money laundering. In the absence of previous systematic studies in private sector corruption, the author first attempts to clarify this concept. According to him, private sector or commercial corruption involves the payment or the acceptance of a bribe by a person that does not belong to the government sector. He then explains the rationale for criminalising private sector corruption by referring to the need to protect ...

02 Nov 2010
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Private-to-Private Corruption

In this paper, the author focuses on private-to-private corruption. He considers the topic as a relatively neglected one and attributes the lack of previous interest in its study to a number of assumptions: the private sector is considered as more able to protect its own interests; the incentives for this type of behavior are viewed as limited in the private sector; the social, economic, and ethical impact is estimated as less serious than that of private-to-public corruption. The author ...

01 Nov 2010
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Researching Civil Remedies for International Corruption: The Choice of the Functional Comparative Method

This paper examines how the research in the area of civil remedies for international corruption should be better conducted. The author advocates for the choice of the functional comparative method as the appropriate methodology to deal with the question, given the international dimensions of the phenomenon of corruption.

01 Nov 2010
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Stagnation of a "Miracle": Botswana's Governance Record Revisited

This paper challenges the commonly held perception of Botswana as an “African miracle” in good governance. It does so by taking an empirical approach to assessing the extent of neopatrimonialism in Botswana, an issue which has been largely ignored in mainstream analyses. The author attempts to explain Botswana’s comparatively low levels of neopatrimonalism by looking at factors such as dominance of one political party, elite-cohesion, economic and administrative interests that have ensured a ...

27 Oct 2010
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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 ...

25 Oct 2010
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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.

25 Oct 2010
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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 ...

21 Oct 2010
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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, ...

20 Oct 2010
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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 ...

20 Oct 2010
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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.

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