Investigate the challenges in the fight against corruption and learn how to develop more effective anti-corruption strategies.
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Explore the consequences of corruption
Corruption harms economic development and social justice, but current anti-corruption strategies have delivered very limited results. One reason is that corruption takes many forms, and each requires a different response.
On this course, you’ll develop an understanding of corruption through theory and evidence. You’ll look at the social and economic consequences, as well as the types of corruption for a rounded view of its causes and effects.
Assess current strategies and why many of them fail
Existing anti-corruption strategies are based on transparency and accountability, assuming that organisations will provide information and support openly and honestly. Unfortunately, this often isn’t the case.
You’ll investigate the logic behind these strategies and assess the evidence of their limited success. This will help you to explain why new approaches are needed to effectively fight corruption.
Discover an alternative approach to more effective anti-corruption policy
Using examples of an alternative research and policy framework for new anti-corruption strategies, you’ll discover how corruption has been reduced in developing countries.
Combining your knowledge of current strategies and new approaches, you’ll develop an effective anti-corruption strategy that can create the conditions for a better transition to lower corruption.
Learn from anti-corruption specialists at SOAS University of London
The Anti-Corruption Evidence (ACE) Research Consortium is a global partnership led by Professor Mushtaq Khan at SOAS University of London.
Taking an innovative approach to anti-corruption, ACE generates evidence through over 30 research projects in 13 countries to help promote better strategies to tackle corruption, and so is uniquely positioned to lead this anti-corruption course.
What topics will you cover?
Corruption and its effects: theory and evidence
The drivers of different types of corruption
The logic underpinning standard anti-corruption strategies based on transparency and accountability
The evidence of their limited success and an explanation
An alternative research and policy framework for feasible anti-corruption strategies based on finding solutions where enforcement is supported by the self-interest of directly affected actors who are sufficiently powerful
Evidence-based examples of the new approach and how research and policy can use this framework to make anti-corruption more effective.
Who is the course for?
This course has been designed for anyone interested in learning more about corruption and how to create anti-corruption strategies.
It will be of specific interest to development practitioners and policymakers, helping to design and generate evidence for effective anti-corruption policies.