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Governance Regimes and the Fight against Corruption

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

Abstract

The fight against corruption has, as Chapter 1 illustrated, moved on considerably since the late 1990s and early 2000s. The notion of countries fighting corruption by implementing sets of reforms linked explicitly to ideas of lean government and economic liberalisation is now decidedly passé. On the contrary, there is a widespread consensus that context needs to shape the anti-corruption reform agenda and that one-size-fits all approaches are unlikely to prove successful. The renewed emphasis on nuance has subsequently gone hand in hand with the rise of another agenda — that of improving a state’s quality of governance.1

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Good Governance Corruption Perception Index Collective Action Problem Governance Indicator Corrupt Practice 
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  • Dan Hough
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  1. 1.University of SussexUK

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