Corruption and development

Alina Mungiu-Pippidi and Till Hartmann examine a multi-stakeholder approach to corruption.

Societies must clamp down on corruption itself, while also reducing resources that feed it, in order to improve the control of corruption, according to Hertie School Professor of Democracy Studies Alina Mungiu-Pippidi and Hertie School PhD student Till Hartmann in an article written for Oxford Research Encyclopedias. Creating an effective governance regime to fight corruption requires a multi-stakeholder approach, they conclude, which includes not only government, but also institutions like the media, business, and civil society.

“Corruption and Development: An Overview”, published in July 2019, explores the historical and evolving nexus between the two concepts.

The authors look at research on mechanisms that enable corruption and the resulting theories of change that have guided practical development policies, noting that “Interventions adopting a principal agent approach fit better the advanced economies, where corruption is an exception, rather than the emerging economies, where the opposite of corruption, the norm of ethical universalism, has yet to be built. In such contexts corruption is better approached from a collective action perspective.”

They examine cross-national data for 1996–2017, finding that: “… the control of corruption stagnated in most countries and only a few exceptions exist.”

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