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Anti-Corruption and its Discontents
Local, National and International Perspectives on Corruption in Papua New Guinea

ISBN 9780367245221
Published March 5, 2019 by Routledge
224 Pages

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Book Description

The fight against corruption is now a core part of development policy and practice. Some call these efforts a ‘war on corruption’. What does this so-called ‘war’ mean for developing countries? And how do international perspectives on corruption relate to local and national concerns?

This book examines the relevance of anti-corruption discourse in Papua New Guinea (PNG), one of the most culturally rich and ‘corrupt’ countries on earth. Despite increased international, national and local efforts to address corruption over the past two decades, many fear that levels of corruption continue to rise largely unabated. Some believe that the mismatch between international, national and local assumptions regarding the nature of corruption and how it should be addressed is at the heart of the issue. International anti-corruption initiatives stress ‘zero-tolerance’ and try to strengthen formal state-based institutions. However, many people in PNG are more concerned about maintaining social relationships than following state laws and rules. This book critically examines the implications of the anti-corruption agenda and the collision of international, national and local perspectives. In doing so it provides a diagnostic on international assumptions about corruption and how it should be fought in developing countries, offering surprising and important lessons.

This book is essential reading for scholars and students of Development Studies, Geography, Political Studies and Economics, as well as practitioners and policy makers working in development.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction

2. Alternative and mainstream views on corruption in the land of the unexpected

3. Findings on the nature of corruption in PNG

4. The Nation’s Guardians: National anti-corruption organisations views on corruption

5. Integrity warriors: International anti-corruption agencies’ views on corruption

6. the (anti-)politics of anti-corruption

7. Conclusions: appraising anti-corruption efforts in a weak state


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Grant W. Walton is a Research Fellow for the Development Policy Centre at the Crawford School of Public Policy, Australian National University, Australia. Over the past decade Grant has conducted research in the Pacific, Asia and Africa. He has published in numerous academic journals and books and has authored major reports for donors and NGOs. He is the Deputy Director (International Development) for the Transnational Research Institute on Corruption, and a Research Fellow with the Developmental Leadership Program, University of Birmingham, UK.