Informal networks and anti-corruption

Baez-Camargo, Claudia and Costa, Jacopo and Stahl, Cosimo and Kassa, Saba. (2022) Informal networks and anti-corruption. Quick Guide Series, (23). Basel.

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Why do many countries still struggle with high levels of corruption, in spite of years of investment in anti-corruption programmes and even where the right laws, rules and institutions are in place? We believe one reason is that anti-corruption laws and policies are too often focused narrowly on individuals, rather than networks of individuals. In our research, we see repeatedly how high levels of corruption are rarely the result of individual behaviour - some isolated rotten apples transgressing the formal legal order and leading others astray. Rather, corruption more frequently springs from the social norms and group dynamics of well-articulated and resilient informal networks. And it's those networks that have much to lose from integrity and ethics. Their behaviour as a group entrenches corruption, and they block attempts at reforms. This quick guide takes a look at what this means and the implications for anti-corruption programming
Faculties and Departments:04 Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences > Fakultär assoziierte Institutionen > Zentrum für Afrikastudien Basel
09 Associated Institutions > Basel Institute on Governance
UniBasel Contributors:Kassa, Saba and Baez-Camargo, Claudia and Costa, Jacopo and Stahl, Cosimo
Item Type:Working Paper
Publisher:Basel Institute on Governance
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