The international anti-corruption movement has arrived at a crossroads. Despite a generation's hard work by dedicated and courageous people we have seen many more frustrating outcomes than clear successes. It is difficult to argue that the global system or the societies within it have become significantly less corrupt; indeed, despite innovative attempts at measurement there is no way of knowing overall trends. Global elites increasingly operate everywhere while being held accountable nowhere—their powers and privileges often written into laws and policies. In Corruption, Anti-Corruption, and Governance Daniel Hough offers a long-overdue assessment of the corruption control movement and its results. Beginning with the movement's origins, and tracing the evolution of thinking about governance, Hough employs six paired case studies to arrive at a substantively rich assessment of the state of corruption control. The result is not one more 'toolkit' for reformers, but a telling analysis of where the reform movement has been, and what it needs to do in years to come.
Michael Johnston, Department of Political Science, Colgate University, USA
Corruption and anti-corruption are now mainstream public policy challenges. Politicians and the public alike now discuss corruption with the type of rhetoric that they never did before. Perhaps surprisingly, however there remains little detailed, cross-national analysis of which anti-corruption strategies work and which don't. This book aims to make a contribution towards redressing this imbalance.
Through case studies in six countries (Bangladesh, Kenya, Germany, Poland, South Korea and the UK) this book illustrates that those looking to fight corruption must understand that quality of governance and successful anti-corruption strategies are indelibly linked. Only when this relationship is understood, will progress in tackling corruption be made. The book is empirically rich and theoretically driven, and should be core reading for anyone interested in understanding why corruption flourishes and what works in trying to fight it.
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