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Corruption undermines nearly all key legal and developmental priorities today, including the effective functioning of democratic institutions and honest elections; environmental protection; human rights and human security; international development programs; and fair competition for global trade and investment. This book chronicles the global anticorruption steps taken sin Corruption undermines nearly all key legal and developmental priorities today, including the effective functioning of democratic institutions and honest elections; environmental protection; human rights and human security; international development programs; and fair competition for global trade and investment. This book chronicles the global anticorruption steps taken since the movement advanced after the end of the Cold War. It provides a realistic assessment of the present state of affairs by critically evaluating what existing anticorruption programs and treaties have accomplished and documenting their shortcomings, while developing an action agenda for the next decade. The authors argue that reformative action is imperative, and the forces of globalization and digital communication will level the playing field and erode the secrecy corruption requires. They define corruption, document its effects, discuss the initiatives that changed public perception, analyze the lessons learned, and then evaluate how to move forward with existing initiatives charting a new path with new, differentiated strategies.


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Corruption undermines nearly all key legal and developmental priorities today, including the effective functioning of democratic institutions and honest elections; environmental protection; human rights and human security; international development programs; and fair competition for global trade and investment. This book chronicles the global anticorruption steps taken sin Corruption undermines nearly all key legal and developmental priorities today, including the effective functioning of democratic institutions and honest elections; environmental protection; human rights and human security; international development programs; and fair competition for global trade and investment. This book chronicles the global anticorruption steps taken since the movement advanced after the end of the Cold War. It provides a realistic assessment of the present state of affairs by critically evaluating what existing anticorruption programs and treaties have accomplished and documenting their shortcomings, while developing an action agenda for the next decade. The authors argue that reformative action is imperative, and the forces of globalization and digital communication will level the playing field and erode the secrecy corruption requires. They define corruption, document its effects, discuss the initiatives that changed public perception, analyze the lessons learned, and then evaluate how to move forward with existing initiatives charting a new path with new, differentiated strategies.

12 review for Confronting Corruption: Past Concerns, Present Challenges, and Future Strategies

  1. 5 out of 5

    Karim Merhej

    This book was written by two leading experts on anti-corruption (one of the co-founders of Transparency International and a former chair of the OECD Working Group on Bribery) and is a very useful overview of corruption and the anti-corruption efforts that have been gaining sway since the early 1990s. The book explains what exactly is corruption, how it is manifested, the negative impacts it has, the efforts that have been exerted since the 1990s to confront corruption on a global scale (such as This book was written by two leading experts on anti-corruption (one of the co-founders of Transparency International and a former chair of the OECD Working Group on Bribery) and is a very useful overview of corruption and the anti-corruption efforts that have been gaining sway since the early 1990s. The book explains what exactly is corruption, how it is manifested, the negative impacts it has, the efforts that have been exerted since the 1990s to confront corruption on a global scale (such as the UN Convention Against Corruption or the OECD Convention Against Bribery). While some books on corruption may sometimes be dry and focus too much on legal issues and targeting specialist readers, this book is targeted at a general audience and is a very easy read with many concrete case studies and examples from across the world presented. One of its strongest point is in the authors: both have been intimately involved in the fight against corruption since the 1990s, and there are numerous fascinating anecdotes that are recounted that make the book a very lively read. There are a few shortcomings however. The structure of the book is, in certain parts, disjointed. For example, the authors talk about 'the politics of anti-corruption' and what are some of the key players in the fight against corruption (such international organizations, NGOs, civil society, reform-minded governments etc.) (Chapters 2 and 3) - before actually explaining what corruption is (Chapter 4)! In addition, certain issues are repeated - for instance, in Chapter 5, the OECD Convention Against Bribery and the UN Convention Against Corruption are mentioned and briefly explained, and then this is repeated in two separate chapters, each devoted to the conventions. the chapters on the specific industries that are very prone to corruption (such as the financial sector, the construction sector, the defense sector etc.) are fascinating, but some feel relatively weak. Whereas the chapters on the financial and defense sectors are rich in details and have interesting case studies, the one on the art market and construction are very short (despite the fact that there are many corruption scandals that could have been mentioned as case studies). Lastly, towards the end, when the authors talk about the Arab uprisings, their take is very surface-level (although this is understandable given that this is not the main topic of the book). This book would serve as a great introductory text for any reader interested to know more about what corruption is and how it can be fought.

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