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Towards a Global Consensus Against Corruption

By Mathis Lohaus


224 pages

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Hardback: 9781138588509
pub: 2018-11-01
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Corruption has long been identified as a governance challenge, yet it took states until the 1990s to adopt binding agreements combating it. While the rapid spread of anti-corruption treaties appears to mark a global consensus, a closer look reveals that not all regional and international organizations move on similar trajectories. This book seeks to establish which factors explain similarities and differences between international anti-corruption agreements.

In this volume Lohaus develops a comprehensive analytical framework to compare international agreements, map the variation in the areas of prevention, criminalization, jurisdiction, domestic enforcement and international cooperation, construct a typology of outcomes, and explain the scope and legal design of the various agreements. To demonstrate different approaches to anti-corruption, he draws on two starkly different cases, the Organization of American States and the African Union.

Contributing to debates on decision-making in international organizations, this work also highlights the policy implications of the challenge of increasing compliance in the context of anti-corruption treaties that present a patchwork of rules and routinely lack meaningful enforcement mechanisms. It will be of great interest to students and scholars of IR theory, global governance, international organizations and regionalism.

Table of Contents

1 Introduction

2 Background: The international politics of anti-corruption

3 The argument: Diffusion processes and signaling motives

4 The big picture: Scope and design of anti-corruption agreements

5 Organization of American States: Pioneers and reference models

6 African Union: Between development partners and expert activists

7 Conclusion

About the Author

Mathis Lohaus is Postdoctoral research associate, Chair of International Relations, Department of Political Science and Communication Studies, University of Greifswald, Germany

About the Series

Global Institutions

The "Global Institutions Series" is edited by Thomas G. Weiss (The CUNY Graduate Center, New York, USA) and Rorden Wilkinson (University of Sussex, UK).

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
POLITICAL SCIENCE / International Relations / General