Understanding the politics of corruption reduction

What can we learn from successful cases of reduced corruption in particular public agencies or sectors? This joint project with Transparency International (TI) will examine ‘islands of integrity’, (‘positive outliers’), to explore how such success has been achieved. 

Do such reductions depend on institutional factors such as better enforcement procedures, or on the role of key players and coalitions? Or both?  

The project will build on a study by Dr Caryn Peiffer that used statistical analysis of TI’s Global Corruption Barometer to identify 15 ‘positive outliers’ as candidates for in-depth case studies. The research will drill down into the detailed political and historical processes of a selection of these cases to generate hypotheses on when, why and how corruption can be effectively countered. 


Researchers: Caryn Peiffer, with Transparency International

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