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Review of anti-corruption strategies

Technical and background paper no. 23

Rob McCusker
ISBN 1 921185 29 5 ISSN 1445-7261
Canberra: Australian Institute of Criminology, April 2006

Abstract

Corruption manifests itself in a number of ways. It ranges from petty to grand in nature, from political to bureaucratic in focus and from incidental to systemic in scope. Emanating essentially from the exploitation of public office for private gain, corruption radiates from governments through agencies and impacts upon the individuals and/or organisations required to liaise with those agencies in order to obtain basic services. This report is the result of a request for the Australian Institute of Criminology to review the literature concerning anti-corruption strategies, and particularly to identify the common elements deemed to underpin and/or undermine their effectiveness. A bibliography covering the period from 2000 to 2006 was compiled as part of this report and endeavoured to provide details of indicative sources on the context and operation of anti-corruption programs, and examined those sources which were largely concerned with the Asia-Pacific region. While not intended to be a comprehensive review of corruption literature, the bibliography sought to provide a specific overview of sources which contained details and analysis of anti-corruption strategies.