1st Edition

Anti-Corruption in International Development

By Ingrida Kerusauskaite Copyright 2018
    246 Pages
    by Routledge

    246 Pages 21 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

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    Corruption is linked to a wide range of developmental issues, including undermining democratic institutions, slowing economic development and contributing to government instability, poverty and inequality. It is estimated that corruption costs more than 5 per cent of global GDP, and that more than one trillion US dollars are paid in bribes each year. This book unpacks the concept of corruption, its political and ethical influences, its measurement, commitments to combat corruption and ways that this is being attempted.

    Building on the research on the nature, causes and consequences of corruption, this book analyses international anti-corruption interventions in particular. It discusses approaches to focus efforts to tackle corruption in developing countries on where they are most likely to be successful. The efforts of the UK are considered as a detailed case study, with comparisons brought in as necessary from other countries’ and multilateral institutions’ anti-corruption efforts.

    Bridging a range of disciplines, Anti-Corruption in International Development will be of interest to students and scholars of international development, public administration, management, international relations, politics and criminal justice.

    1. Introduction and Methodology 
    2. Conceptual Framework: Definitions and the Nature of Corruption  
    3. Theoretical Approach to Anti-Corruption Interventions in International Development 
    4. The UK’s Approach to Tackling Corruption in Developing Countries  
    5. International Law and Development: Where Anti-Corruption Interventions Fit in  
    6. The UK Government's use of Multilateral and Bilateral Approaches to Tackle Corruption in Developing Countries  
    7. Conclusion 


    Ingrida Kerusauskaite is an Affiliated Lecturer at the Centre of Development Studies at the University of Cambridge, UK and an Advisor on International Development for KPMG.

    "Anti-corruption in International Development provides scholars, policymakers and practitioners with a comprehensive analysis of approaches to combat corruption in the context of international development. International development agencies are constrained in their choice of approaches when engaging governments of countries that face significant corruption challenges. This book contextualises the challenges and opportunities and provides readers with an analysis of potential policy options. The study of the UK’s anti-corruption strategies to tackle corruption in developing countries adds important policy and practical perspectives that enhances both the quality of the analysis and the practical value for readers." Professor Louis de Koker, La Trobe Law School, College of Arts, Social Sciences and Commerce, La Trobe University, Australia

    "Kerusauskaite gives a refreshing overview of the myriad of public sector approaches to combat corruption. Her work emphasizes the need for a global response to corruption with close involvement of civil society and the private sector in a ‘coalition of the committed’. Development organizations, bilateral and multilateral, can help create such coalitions." David Johan Kuijper, Advisor, Financing for Development, World Bank

    "Corruption is the cancer at the heart of international development. It infuriates donor nations whose hard pressed taxpayers and honest investors are swindled as well as denying the poorest people the help we want them to receive.  The UK's role in international development and anti-corruption is world leading and is at the heart of making the world safer and more prosperous. I congratulate Ingrida on her work in this field." Rt. Hon. Andrew Mitchell, MP, UK

    "Anti-Corruption in International Development does a fine job of combining the prac