Thinking Strategically About Anti-Corruption Reforms: Addressing Factors that Increase the Likelihood and Maintenance of Corrupt Exchanges

Thinking Strategically About Anti-Corruption Reforms: Addressing Factors that Increase the Likelihood and Maintenance of Corrupt Exchanges

by Sean Fitzpatrick

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Overview

In recent years controlling corruption has taken on an increasingly important role in social consciousness, policy debate and reform initiatives. Domestic measures in many countries are reshaping the legal and institutional environment in which government operate, as are recent multilateral initiatives by governments, private organizations and nonprofits alike. There are many possible reform measures that may be undertaken, which are discussed and developed here. Some reform measures are purely managerial, others are administrative, legal, social or political in nature. Corrupt exchanges must be understood within the broader perspective of reciprocal rewards and sanctions, often firmly entrenched with regular (legal), social and economic transactions. Curbing corruption is, therefore, an arduous task, requiring a multi-pronged approach and an understanding of the nature and mechanisms of exchange. There is no simple «road map» to successfully overcoming corruption and it is often difficult to distinguish between poor results induced by either nonfeasance (shirking), corruption, maladministration or plain erroneous decisions. To wit, as a general principal however, what is useful to improve governmental performance is useful to mitigate corruption.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9783631513934
Publisher: Peter Lang GmbH, Internationaler Verlag der Wissenschaften
Publication date: 02/03/2004
Pages: 420
Product dimensions: 5.83(w) x 8.27(h) x (d)

About the Author

The Author: Sean Fitzpatrick is a former Ph.D. student at the Graduate College in Law and Economics at Hamburg University and research associate at the Institute for Law and Economics, Faculty of Law at Hamburg University. He is currently lecturing at the above university.

Table of Contents

Contents: Thinking Strategically About Anti-Corruption Reforms – Controlling Corruption – Corrupt Exchanges – Law and Economics – Administrative, Social, Legal, Institutional, Political Reforms Against Corruption.

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