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Corruption, Development and Democracy (American University)

This course explores the causes and impact of corruption; how it permeates many sectors of a society, particularly – but by no means exclusively – in developing countries; and evaluates strategies and policies for reducing the level and impact of corruption.

While corruption in many countries will be addressed, we will pay particular attention to Nigeria, Kenya, and Russia, given the particularly pernicious impact of corruption in these countries. We will also explore the connections between corruption and government institutions, economic performance, civil society, and culture. When available, experts from government, the World Bank, and NGOs will speak to the class.

 Required Books

Robert Rotberg, ed., Corruption, Global Security, and World Order (“CGSWO”)

Raymond Fisman and Edward Miguel, Economic Gangsters: Corruption, Violence and the Poverty of Nations

Susan Rose-Ackerman, Corruption and Government: Causes, Consequences, and Reform(“C & G”)

Michela Wrong, It’s Our Turn to Eat: The Story of a Kenyan Whistleblower

Peter Maas, Crude: The Violent Twilight of Oil


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14 Nov 2013

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