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dc.contributor.authorKuipers, Stijn
dc.date.accessioned2021-10-21T08:12:11Z
dc.date.available2021-10-21T08:12:11Z
dc.date.issued2021-10-11
dc.identifier.issn1359-0790
dc.identifier.urihttps://www.repository.cam.ac.uk/handle/1810/329704
dc.description.abstract<jats:sec> <jats:title content-type="abstract-subheading">Purpose</jats:title> <jats:p>Corruption is commonly seen as a primary impediment to economic development, and its eradication has therefore featured high on development agendas. Most anti-corruption efforts in international development however fail. This paper aims to review recent attempts to unpack the “black box” of corruption to better understand its functioning in developing countries and find ways to combat corruption effectively.</jats:p> </jats:sec> <jats:sec> <jats:title content-type="abstract-subheading">Design/methodology/approach</jats:title> <jats:p>The study has been undertaken through a comparative literature and case analysis of some of the primary findings within the field of anti-corruption in international development of the past decade.</jats:p> </jats:sec> <jats:sec> <jats:title content-type="abstract-subheading">Findings</jats:title> <jats:p>The research finds that the black-and-white conceptualisation of corruption as an impediment to economic development, which is dominant in development circles, commonly fails to understand corruption as an alternative form of problem-solving in specific institutional settings. This has both hindered anti-corruption efforts and given unwarranted primacy to anti-corruption efforts in international development, to the loss of other priorities.</jats:p> </jats:sec> <jats:sec> <jats:title content-type="abstract-subheading">Practical implications</jats:title> <jats:p>Policy-makers need to accept that there are no “magic bullets” against corruption and work in a much more contextual manner, while accepting the fact that corruption might not be the primary impediment to economic growth in their country.</jats:p> </jats:sec> <jats:sec> <jats:title content-type="abstract-subheading">Originality/value</jats:title> <jats:p>The paper strengthens recent calls for a more contextualized approach to combat corruption, which have been given insufficient attention in policy design and most of the literature on corruption, providing a novel starting point for “functional”, politically-aware anti-corruption and development efforts.</jats:p> </jats:sec>
dc.language.isoen
dc.publisherEmerald
dc.subjectgood governance
dc.subjectprinciple-agent
dc.subjectanti-corruption
dc.subjectinternational development
dc.subjectcollective-action
dc.subjectthinking politically
dc.subjectprinciple-agent problem
dc.subjectcollective-action problem
dc.subjectfunctionalism
dc.titleRethinking anti-corruption efforts in international development
dc.typeArticle
prism.publicationNameJournal of Financial Crime
prism.volume21
dc.identifier.doi10.17863/CAM.77150
dcterms.dateAccepted2021-09-15
rioxxterms.versionofrecord10.1108/jfc-08-2021-0176
rioxxterms.versionAM
dc.publisher.urlhttps://www.emerald.com/insight/content/doi/10.1108/JFC-08-2021-0176/full/html
cam.issuedOnline2021-10-11


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