Managing the fight against corruption: A case study

Authors

  • Robert Klitgaard

    1. Associate Professor of Public Policy, John F. Kennedy School of Government, and Special Assistant to the President, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA, 02138, USA.
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Abstract

Corruption is one of the foremost problems facing policy-makers and managers in developing countries, but it is a remarkably difficult one to study. This case study—an actual episode that has been disguised to preserve confidentiality—provides a vehicle for illustrating both the application of analytical tools to corruption and the importance of practical issues of implementation and politics. The case suggests that anti-corruption policies should carefully assess (1) the relative severity of various kinds of illicit activities, including who gains and loses; (2) the relative susceptibility of the various activities to feasible changes in policies and procedures; and (3) the strategic importance of politics, in the narrow sense of bureaucratic politics as well as the wider political realities.

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