Detecting Corruption in Developing Countries: Identifying Causes/Strategies for Action

Detecting Corruption in Developing Countries: Identifying Causes/Strategies for Action

by Bertram I. Spector


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Excessive government discretion, bribery and abuse of power for private benefit are widespread phenomena in developing countries. This corruption results in hundreds and thousands of citizens going without the critical public services they are entitled to or rely on. Corruption occurs at all levels of society, from local and national governments, civil society, judiciary functions and small and large businesses alike, leaving little room for a country’s development and economic growth.

To combat corruption in developing countries, policy makers must understand the problem and devise a meaningful strategy that attacks its underlying causes and not just deals with its symptoms. Detecting Corruption merges scholarship on corruption assessments with practical techniques on ways practitioners and policy makers can implement anticorruption assistance. Spector argue that assessments need to adopt a comprehensive “whole of government” approach that examines all key sectors where there are corruption vulnerabilities. Strong accountability/control measures need to be designed and implemented across all sectors into a multidimensional strategy/program.

Detailed case studies from the author's work in Ukraine, Honduras, Senegal and Timor Leste show the effectiveness of the comprehensive approach to corruption.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781565494794
Publisher: Kumarian Press, Inc.
Publication date: 01/28/2012
Pages: 322
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Bertram I. Spector is Senior Technical Director at Management Systems International (MSI) and Executive Director of the Center for Negotiation Analysis. He has over 30 years of experience directing research, training and technical assistance programs, specializing in the anticorruption and international negotiation fields. For the past 16 years, he has focused his attention on designing, implementing and researching practical programs to fight corruption and strengthen good governance and integrity in developing countries. He has provided firsthand support and training directly to governmental decision makers, civil society organizations, businesses and the mass media in designing and implementing significant anticorruption initiatives in Eastern Europe, the former Soviet Union, Africa, Latin America and Asia. Dr. Spector has also conducted extensive research and training on international negotiation processes and is the founding Editor-in-Chief of International Negotiation: A Journal of Theory and Practice, a peer-reviewed academic journal published in the Netherlands since 1996. Dr. Spector has authored Negotiating Peace and Confronting Corruption: Challenges for Post-Conflict Societies, (United States Institute of Peace Press 2011) and edited Fighting Corruption in Developing Countries: Strategies and Analysis, (Kumarian Press 2005) and Getting It Done: Post-Agreement Negotiations and International Regimes, (with I. William Zartman, United States Institute of Peace Press 2003). He holds a Ph.D. in Political Science from New York University.

Table of Contents

Illustrations and Tables Acknowledgments
1) Corruption Detectives
2) Corruption Hurts
3) Assessing Corruption
4) Self-Assessment
5) An Integrated Diagnostic Approach
6) Ukraine 1 (2005)
7) Ukraine 2 (2006–2009)
8) Senegal (2007)
9) Honduras (2008)
10) Timor Leste (2009)
11) Toward Accountable Solutions Annex A: Anticorruption Resource Links Annex B: Self-Assessment Checklist Bibliography Index

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