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Thinking Strategically About Anti-Corruption Reforms

Addressing Factors that Increase the Likelihood and Maintenance of Corrupt Exchanges

Sean Fitzpatrick

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