SOAS University of London

Centre for International Studies and Diplomacy

Feasible and effective: Is such an anti-corruption strategy possible in developing countries?

Dr Pallavi Roy

Date: 23 October 2018Time: 1:00 PM

Finishes: 23 October 2018Time: 3:00 PM

Venue: Russell Square: College Buildings Room: 4429

Type of Event: 0

Note: Internal event not open to external attendees.

Anti-corruption efforts in developing countries have huge support from citizens, local leaders (ostensibly) and where relevant, donors. Yet the success achieved seems to be limited despite efforts like devolved governance, anti-corruption courts or citizen’s charters. Why does corruption seem so pathological? And why do anti-corruption reforms seem laboured? Corruption isn’t an embedded social norm but a function of the nature of the transition in developing countries, and historically, developed countries who have now made that transition weren’t immune too. Also ambitious reforms not in line with the nature of the transition can lead to disappointment. There is another way of implementing incremental and sectoral bottom up reforms that could be more successful than the current slew of top down reforms being attempted.

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