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Corruption in our World (Australian National University)

With the World Bank estimating that about $1 trillion per year is paid in bribes globally, and that this illegality leads to poor economic performance and human rights violations, this course examines the phenomenon of corruption, identifies the contexts within which it flourishes, explores means of measuring it, and analyses the opportunity structure for corruption.

This course at the Australian National University also focuses on corruption control, and co-operative arrangements that aim to prevent and contain corruption.

At the end of this course students should be familiar with the field of corruption research and policy, and have developed analytical skills in assessing and responding to the phenomenon of corruption, and specifically be able to:

  1. Describe different concepts, definitions and measures of corruption
  2. Illustrate corrupt behaviour with specific examples
  3. Analyse types of corruption in different settings
  4. Develop strategies to prevent corruption
  5. Evaluate interventions to control corruption.


A selected bibliography for the course can be found below.

Susan Rose-Ackerman, 1999, Corruption and Government:  Causes, Consequences and Reform,  Cambridge University Press

Adam Graycar  & R.G. Smith (eds)  2011 Handbook of Global Research and Practice in Corruption  Edward  Elgar, UK

Arnold Heidenheimer & Michael Johnston (eds), 2002, Political Corruption: Concepts and Contexts,  Transaction Publishers

Robert Klitgaard, 1988, Controlling Corruption, University of California Press

Charles Sampford et al 2006, Measuring Corruption, Ashgate Publishing

Frank Anechiarico & James Jacobs, 1996, The Pursuit of Absolute Integrity University of Chicago Press.

In addition students will be referred to current journal articles, and material from the following websites:

  1. World Bank Institute - Anti-Corruption Program: 
  2. Transparency International:
  3. Global Corruption Report:
  4. United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime:
  5. United Nations Convention against Corruption:
  6. Council of Europe GRECO (Group of States against Corruption): 
  7. Internet Center for Corruption Research:
  8. U4 Anti-Corruption Resource Center:
  9. TIRI:
  10. USAID Anti-Corruption Resources:
  11. UNDP:
  12. OECD Fighting Corruption:
  13. Nathanson Centre for the Study of Organised Crime and Corrupiton:
  14. The Asia Foundation:
  15. The Anti-Corruption Gateway for Europe and Eurasia:
  16. Corruption Prevention Network:

14 Nov 2013

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