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Anti-Corruption in International Development

1st Edition

By Ingrida Kerusauskaite


246 pages | 21 B/W Illus.

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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.


"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 practical with the conceptual issues of measuring actions and interventions against corruption, using UK efforts as central examples but including also the actions of other donors. The book cannot by itself solve the difficulties of translating strategies into successful action and eliminate inter-donor rivalries and dissonances, but it makes a range of valuable proposals that ought to mitigate the level and impacts of corruption." Professor Michael Levi, Professor of Criminology at Cardiff University, UK

Table of Contents

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

About the Author

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.

About the Series

Routledge Corruption and Anti-Corruption Studies

The series features innovative and original research on the subject of corruption from scholars around the world. As well as documenting and analyzing corruption, the series aims to discuss anti-corruption initiatives and endeavors, in an attempt to demonstrate ways forward for countries and institutions where the problem is widespread. The series particularly promotes comparative and interdisciplinary research targeted at a global readership.

In terms of theory and method, rather than basing itself on any one orthodoxy, the series draws broadly on the tool kit of the social sciences in general, emphasizing comparison, the analysis of the structure and processes, and the application of qualitative and quantitative methods.

The series welcomes submissions from established and junior authors on cutting-edge and high-level research on key topics that feature in global news and public debate. To submit book proposals, please contact the Editor, Helena Hurd ([email protected]).

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Corruption & Misconduct
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Developing Countries