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The changing global norm of anti-corruption: from bad business to bad government

  • Anja P. Jakobi

Abstract

Fighting corruption has become an important element of good governance. International organizations, donors and non-governmental actors monitor corruption worldwide and seek government commitments in fighting it. This article traces the efforts of international anti-corruption from its beginnings as an American legal standard for businesses to the current worldwide norm of anti-corruption as part of good governance. It analyses how the fight against corruption evolved over time, with respect to the crucial activities involved in establishing anti-corruption policies, but also with respect to how the policy itself has changed. The central argument made is that fighting corruption has developed to a global norm over time, initiated by strong state actors and disseminated with the help of non-state actors and international organizations. The idea of fighting corruption, however, changed over time from a more narrow focus on business regulation to a broader agenda related to governance. The article shows this change by analysing norm entrepreneurship, diffusion and implementation of global anti-corruption efforts.

Keywords

Anti-corruption Global norms International organizations 

Die globale Anti-Korruptionsnorm im Wandel: Von Bad Business to Bad Government

Zusammenfassung

Der Kampf gegen Korruption hat sich zu einem zentralen Element der Förderung von Good Governance entwickelt. Internationale Organisationen, Geberorganisationen und nichtstaatliche Akteure bemühen sich zunehmend weltweit um Korruptionsbekämpfung nationaler Regierungen. Dieser Beitrag zeichnet die Entwicklung internationaler Anti-Korruptionsbemühungen von seinen Anfängen im amerikanischen Wirtschaftssektor bis hin zur Verbreitung und Weiterentwicklung internationaler Anti-Korruptions-Politiken nach. Der Beitrag argumentiert, dass der Kampf gegen Korruption sich zu einer globalen Norm entwickelt hat, angestoßen durch starke staatliche Akteure und verbreitet durch nichtstaatliche und internationale Organisationen. Der Beitrag zeigt dabei auf, inwiefern sich die Normen der Korruptionsbekämpfung gewandelt haben und sich vom Wirtschaftssektor hin zu einer breiten governance-bezogenen Agenda ausweiteten. Vor diesem Hintergrund analysiert der Artikel Norm Entrepreneurship, Diffusion sowie Implementation globaler Anti-Korruptionsnormen.

Schlüsselwörter

Korruptionsbekämpfung Globale Normen Internationale Organisationen 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Anja P. Jakobi
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  1. 1.Department of Politics and International RelationsRoyal Holloway, University of LondonSurreyUK

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