Combating corruption in the twenty-first century: new approaches

Heywood, Paul M. (2018) Combating corruption in the twenty-first century: new approaches. Daedalus, 47 (3). pp. 83-97. ISSN 0011-5266

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Despite the focus placed on combating corruption over the last quarter-century, practical results have been disappointing. A small number of "success" stories cannot mask the fact that corruption continues to blight the lives of millions of citizens. This essay argues that part of the reason for the broad failure of anticorruption policies is that we have not specified clearly enough what we are seeking to address, and have paid insufficient attention to changes in how and where different forms of corruption operate in practice. Rather than sticking to unrealistic aspirations to "defeat" corruption, this essay argues that we should pay more attention to the positive promotion of integrity, supported by a better understanding of the drivers of individual behavior, particularly how these are more complex than suggested by the incentives-based literature. The final section of the essay outlines some practical measures we can take, underlining the need to focus reform efforts at both supra- and subnational levels in order to help move beyond what has become a sterile conversation about corruption.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: corruption ; anti-corruption ; rethinking
Schools/Departments: University of Nottingham, UK > Faculty of Social Sciences > School of Politics and International Relations
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Depositing User: Heywood, Professor Paul M
Date Deposited: 12 Mar 2018 13:18
Last Modified: 04 May 2020 19:43

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