Governance: An international journal of policy, administration and institutions

Why anticorruption reforms fail

In the current issue of Governance, Anna Perrson, Bo Rothstein and Jan Teorell ask: Why does corruption in countries that are plagued with systemic corruption persist, despite a large number of efforts to fight it?  The problem, they suggest, is a “theoretical mischaracterization of the problem of systemic corruption.”  Working from research completed in Kenya and Uganda, the authors argue that systemic corruption “closely resembles a collective action problem” that requires remedies “radically different” than those usually proposed.  “The important thing,” they suggest, “will be to change actors’ beliefs about what all other actors are likely to do, so that most actors expect most other actors to play fairly.”  Read the article.

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July 10, 2013 at 10:43 am

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