Caryn Peiffer

Caryn Peiffer

Dr Caryn Peiffer is co-investigator on the 'Islands of Integrity' project funded by the British Academy/Global Challenges Research Fund Sustainable Development Grant programme. She is Lecturer in International Public Policy at the University of Bristol and a former DLP Research Fellow.

As a researcher in the Global Experience of Corruption project (University of Strathclyde), Caryn examined what determines who asks for bribes and who pays them. She has also done research for Transparency International, DFID, AFD, and SIDA, and has worked in India, Zambia and Botswana. She holds a PhD in Political Science from Claremont Graduate University.


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

Corruption is hard to define without straying into the subjective. It's also 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

Anti-corruption messages aim to recruit citizens to the fight - but what do they actually hear?

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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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How to find surprising development successes

16th April 2018

How mixed methods can unearth cases of positive deviance.

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Corruption research: Hunting for glimmers of light in the gloom

25th July 2017

Why it can be hard to start a conversation with the people who might know what really works in the fight against corruption.

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