U4 Brief | Informal contexts

Political economies of corruption in fragile and conflict-affected states: Nuancing the picture

By Dominik Zaum
Bergen: Chr. Michelsen Institute (U4 Brief 2013:4) 4 p.

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Addressing corruption in fragile and conflict-affected environments is constrained by the risk that reforms can spark violent resistance. Two different political economies of corruption in fragile states – distinguished by the character of elite politics – affect the way corruption manifests itself. The differences have important implications for anti-corruption programming. Gradualism, changing elite incentives, and creating political space for reforms are approaches to emphasise. Anti-corruption institutions can be access points for reforms when underlying conditions are conducive.

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