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    The pros and cons of the revolving door practice – the main arguments

    This blog post profiles some of the main arguments in favour and against the practice of revolving door. It then examines to what extent these arguments are substantiated by the latest crop of empirical studies in the field, finding that downside risks outweigh upside benefits.

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    Civil Society Combats Corruption

    A Review of Shaazka Beyerle’s Curtailing Corruption: People Power for Accountability & Justice by Richard E. Messick.

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    The Role of Academia in Anti-Corruption Collective Action

    Anti-corruption studies and research remain in their infancy due to the present lack of inter-disciplinary anti-corruption materials and funding at the donor level. The Anti-Corruption Academic Initiative (ACAD) seeks to address these issues.

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    The ACRN Research Paper Competition 2014

    The Anti-Corruption Research Network (ACRN) invites submissions from young researchers for its annual anti-corruption research paper competition.

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04 Nov 2010

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 ...

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02 Nov 2010

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 ...

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01 Nov 2010

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.

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01 Nov 2010

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 ...

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27 Oct 2010

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 ...

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25 Oct 2010

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.

Research Article
25 Oct 2010

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 ...

Research Article
21 Oct 2010

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, ...

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20 Oct 2010

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 ...

Research Article
20 Oct 2010

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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