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Corruption, Development and Democracy (American University)

This course discusses the causes of corruption and evaluates various strategies for eliminating the abuse of public authority for personal ends. It begins with questions of definition and measurement: How can corruption in its various forms be identified, and how can levels and the prevalence of corruption be measured? Second, it considers how corruption impacts government performance generally and perverts distribution by directing public resources for political favouritism or personal gain. This includes a blunt assessment of opportunism by the private sector and other actors. Third, it explores the roots of corruption in culture, weak governance, or structural distortions.

The course examines theories that point to regime type and other institutional varieties of accountability. It concludes by considering the role of courts, legislatures, and the international community in confronting corruption.

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03 Oct 2010

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