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Unpacking the concept of political will to confront corruption

Quite often, "lack of political will" is identified as the culprit for poorly performing anti-corruption programmes. Yet despite the frequency with which it is used to explain unsatisfactory reform outcomes, political will remains under-defined and poorly understood. Further, assessments are often conducted retrospectively, looking back at failed programmes. By applying a model of political will that specifies a set of action-based components that are observable and measurable, and amenable to external reinforcement and support, more clarity regarding the degree of political will can be achieved.

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30 April 2010
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Unpacking the concept of political will to confront corruption

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Brinkerhoff, D. (2010) Bergen: Chr. Michelsen Institute (U4 Brief 2010:1) 4 p.

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Derick W. Brinkerhoff


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