The Rise and Rise of the Global Anti-Corruption Movement

  • Dan Hough
Part of the Political Corruption and Governance series book series (PCG)


Corruption has been around since time immemorial, but systematic attempts to try and counteract it have not. On the contrary, what its supporters often call the ‘global anti-corruption movement’ and critics the ‘anti-corruption industry’ is a relatively new phenomenon. Indeed, it may well be possible to pinpoint the birth of cross-national attempts to co-ordinate analysis of, and responses to, corruption to one date; the 1st of October 1996. Not that attempts to tackle corruption started precisely then, but when James Wolfensohn, the then head of the World Bank, stood up and gave a speech denouncing what he termed the ‘cancer of corruption’, it became clear that for the international policy community tackling corruption was moving centre-stage.1


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  • Dan Hough
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  1. 1.University of SussexUK

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