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Corruption and Legislatures

1st Edition

By Riccardo Pelizzo, Frederick Stapenhurst


122 pages

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This book investigates parliaments’ role in curbing corruption. In addition to discussing the definition, causes, and costs of corruption and the role that parliaments have in reducing corruption, the authors consider contemporary issues that parliamentarians – and others – need to be aware of. These include the importance of broad-based coalitions to fight corruption and networking at the country, regional and global level, the importance – and difficulties – of establishing parliamentary codes of ethics/conduct, legislative oversight tools and mechanisms, and regional/international conventions against corruption. Attention will also be given to parliaments and anti-money laundering.

Corruption and Legislatures presents a non-technical review of contemporary issues and recent developments in curbing corruption, and concludes with practical advice as to what can be done to ensure more effective parliamentary involvement in curbing corruption.


“A government's effectiveness, and indeed its very legitimacy, depend on curbing legislative corruption. Pelizzo and Stapenhurst provide much-needed guidance for developed and developing countries alike.”

—Andrew Spalding, University of Richmond School of Law

“Pelizzo and Stapenhurst continue their productive collaboration on the comparative study of corruption with this analysis of the role played by legislatures in curbing (as well as facilitating) corrupt practices. This book reviews and extends contemporary research on the subject and offers advice for using legislative institutions to improve governance.”

—Thomas Mann, Brookings Institution

Table of Contents

1. Introduction. 2. The Dividends of Good Governance. 3. Strategies to Curb Corruption – the Role of the Legislature. 4. The Effectiveness of Legislative Oversight: the Case of Ghana and Nigeria in Comparative Perspective. 5. Legislative Corruption, Public Trust and Political Will. 6. Legislative Ethics. 7. Political Finance. 8. Conclusions. Expert Monograph:Putting a Stop to the Laundering of Corrupt Money.

About the Authors

Riccardo Pelizzo is a consultant at the World Bank Institute.

Frederick Stapenhurst is a Professor of Practice at McGill University and a consultant at the World Bank Institute.

About the Series

Routledge Research in Comparative Politics

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Government / Legislative Branch