March 2012

From Islands of Integrity to Understanding the Politics of Corruption Reduction: Phase One: Statistical Identification of Positive Outliers

Caryn Peiffer

Under what conditions does a reduction in practices of corruption occur? Can it be attributed to improved institutional arrangements and enforcement procedures? Does it turn as much, or more, on the role of key players and coalitions? Or is it both? And what can the international community do to support these processes?

In collaboration with Transparency International (TI), DLP is trying to answer these questions.

Key points:

This paper, the first in a series of products from this joint project, explains how the author has identified a ‘longlist’ of cases using statistical analysis of the data contained in TI's rich data source, The Global Corruption Barometer.

A second phase will establish a shortlist of cases. The third phase will drill down into the detailed political and historical processes of these cases in an attempt to answer these questions and generate some working hypotheses for possible further testing in a wider range of examples.

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From Islands of Integrity to Understanding the Politics of Corruption Reduction: Phase One: Statistical Identification of Positive Outliers

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