Caryn Peiffer

Caryn Peiffer

Caryn holds a PhD in Political Science from Claremont Graduate University. Her dissertation examined the impact in Africa of externally-driven democratisation on developmental outcomes. She has written DLP papers on the politics of state-business relations, reform coalitions for growth, and on corruption. Caryn examined the determinants of bribe payments as part of the Global Experience of Corruption project (University of Strathclyde). She has carried out research for Transparency International, DFID, AFD, and SIDA, and has worked in India, Zambia and Botswana.

Articles

Corruption: unpacking the black box of political will

12th January 2015

New thinking on the reasons why individuals engage in corruption - including the pragmatic calculation that, right or wrong, corruption may be the only solution to pressing difficulties. 

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Beyond perceptions of corruption?

5th February 2015

Efforts to understand corruption - and eradicate it - are beset by two core problems. Corruption is hard to define without straying into the subjective; and it's difficult to build robust methodologies to investigate it.

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Is education a magic bullet for addressing corruption? Insights from Papua New Guinea

17th June 2015

This post for Devpolicy unpacks the findings of a new Development Policy Centre / DLP paper 

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Corruption: is the right message getting through?

12th August 2015

A couple of years ago, Cote d’Ivoire’s government erected striking black and orange billboards around Abidjan that carried messages like “It destroyed my region” and “It killed my son”

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Why are Africa's poor more likely than the rich to pay a bribe for public services?

19th January 2017

The poor aren't simply 'easy targets' - they necessarily come into contact with corrupt state officials more often.

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Do anticorruption messages work? Findings so far and what they could mean for Papua New Guinea

23rd March 2017

How do anticorruption messages influence people’s views about corruption and about anticorruption efforts?

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