Executive Summary 31 - Who will be the 'Principled Principals'? The determinants of active opposition to corruption

This paper uses survey data from Transparency International’s 2013 Global Corruption Barometer to examine what determines people’s willingness to act against corruption in 71 countries. Recent literature has suggested that when people perceive corruption as pervasive they will experience ‘corruption fatigue’ and be less likely to engage in anti-corruption activism. Yet this study finds that people’s perception of corruption as a growing problem tends to increase their willingness to take action against it. However, when they also perceive government anti-corruption efforts as effective, this reduces their motivation to get involved.

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New article: A typology of interaction between politicians and bureaucrats

Tuesday 14th March 2017

DLP Research Fellow Niheer Dasandi has co-authored a new article on how bureaucrats and politicians interact, and how this affects reform efforts. It appears in 'Public Administration and Development'.

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Power and systems, and their role in developmental change: Guest seminar with Duncan Green

Tuesday 21st February 2017

Seeing power and complex social systems clearly is the first step towards supporting positive developmental change, says Oxfam Strategic Director and DLP research partner Duncan Green. He discussed the themes of his latest book at a recent International Development Department guest seminar at the University of Birmingham.

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