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Anti-corruption agencies: Rhetoric Versus reality


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  • Patrick Meagher
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    The anti-corruption successes of Singapore and Hong Kong have encouraged the establishment of strong, centralized anti-corruption agencies across the globe. This study charts the emergence of anti-corruption agencies (ACAs), and then examines recent experiences with these bodies in developing countries. We propose a set of criteria for assessing and explaining their performance. The analysis applies within strict limits to those countries that have established the minimum political, legal, and socio-economic conditions for effective governance. Where these conditions are in place, success is possible. However, ACAs in poor and badly governed states are generally ineffective, if not actively harmful.

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    Article provided by Taylor & Francis Journals in its journal Journal of Economic Policy Reform.

    Volume (Year): 8 (2005)
    Issue (Month): 1 ()
    Pages: 69-103

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    Handle: RePEc:taf:jpolrf:v:8:y:2005:i:1:p:69-103

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    Keywords: Anti corruption agency; Corruption; Investigation and prosecution; JEL Codes: K42; L31;

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    1. Iquiapaza, Robert & Amaral, Hudson, 2007. "Reflexões do Impacto da Corrupção no Desenvolvimento Econômico: Uma Revisão na Economia Brasileira
      [Reflections on the Impact of Corruption on Economic Development: a literature review in the
      ," MPRA Paper 1818, University Library of Munich, Germany.
    2. Noore Siddiquee, 2010. "Combating Corruption and Managing Integrity in Malaysia: A Critical Overview of Recent Strategies and Initiatives," Public Organization Review, Springer, vol. 10(2), pages 153-171, June.


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