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On Corruption and Countervailing Actions in Three South Asian Nations

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  • Naved Ahmad
  • Oscar Brookins

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We argue that readily available data and information in newspaper stories enable one to discern the nature and patterns of corruption and to understand actions taken to combat corruption. We analyze and compare numerous newspaper reports of corruption in India, Sri Lanka, and Bangladesh. Using analysis derived from existing theory of corruption, we demonstrate how information in news accounts improves our understanding of corruption. Bangladesh had more coercive corruption, with countervailing actions dominated by direct actions of victims. In India and Sri Lanka, corruption was generally collusive, with countervailing actions on behalf of victims frequently leading to legal actions and investigative reports.

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  • Naved Ahmad & Oscar Brookins, 2004. "On Corruption and Countervailing Actions in Three South Asian Nations," Journal of Economic Policy Reform, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 7(1), pages 21-30.
  • Handle: RePEc:taf:jpolrf:v:7:y:2004:i:1:p:21-30
    DOI: 10.1080/1384128042000219708
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    1. Pethe, Abhay & Tandel, Vaidehi & Gandhi, Sahil, 2012. "Unravelling the anatomy of legal corruption in India: Focusing on the ‘honest graft’ by the politicians," MPRA Paper 39306, University Library of Munich, Germany.

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    Keywords

    Analyzing Newspaper Reports of Corruption; Corruption and Countervailing Actions; Corruption in South Asia; Collusive and Coercive Corruption; JEL Code: D73;

    JEL classification:

    • D73 - Microeconomics - - Analysis of Collective Decision-Making - - - Bureaucracy; Administrative Processes in Public Organizations; Corruption

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