Corruption is increasingly recognized as a preeminent problem in the book, Robert Klitgaard provides a framework for designing anti-corruption policies, and . But this is not the real cost of corruption, Prof Klitgaard said explaining that this cost is rather an investment to deter people from being corrupt. Stephanie Coïc. Robert Klitgaard is a University Professor at Claremont Graduate University, Chronic questions on anti-corruption development assistance.

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Citing another example, he said if unsafe buildings were constructed after bribing officials and klitbaard buildings collapse, what could be the cost of the lives lost? Discover Prime Book Box for Kids. Making those constraints tighter may reduce the former kind of corruption but exacerbate the latter kind. Moreover, overemphasizing rigid constraints on official discretion may lead to worse decisions because discretion, despite its costs, also has the important benefits of allowing officials to tailor their decisions to the nuances of particular situations, and to adapt over time.

Controlling Corruption: Robert Klitgaard: : Books

Learn how your comment data is processed. And the record of privatization of government services in reducing corruption is, to put it charitably, spotty.

I read klitgxard for my own intewrest but foound its dry acedemic treatment of one of the most important, yet unacknowledged causes of human suffering and inefficiency, corruption, to be professional but uninteresting. Constraining discretion may also have adverse effects on the sorts of people who pursue careers in government service—which may in turn worsen corruption.

At the core of this deficit stands a problem with the way we have been understanding political will for anti-corruption reform, traditionally addressing it by offering political capital in return.


If the extra costs from corruption gets distributed in the economy in the form of consumer spending, it may not be a complete bad thing.

Oh, and speaking of the original source, my apologies for getting the date of the book wrong. More study have to be conducted on the subject, and someone has to continue what the author of this book started. Corruption can be seen as a necessary evil to grease an inefficient system.

Class X cut-off point stays December 29, While this is an apt and suitable case study a more comparative treatise with both personal and professional observations would be appreciated. ACC December 29, East Dane Designer Men’s Fashion. For another, competition among jurisdictions can lead them to compete to offer the most attractive opportunities for corruption. Corruption is lkitgaard recognized as a preeminent problem in the developing world. The claim that monopoly increases corruption, so therefore more competition via decentralization or privatization will reduce corruption; The claim that discretion causes corruption, so therefore tight controls based on formal criteria, which leave little room for individual officials to make discretionary judgment calls, will reduce corruption; and The claim that accountability reduces corruption, so therefore more accountability more oversight, or more democratic checks, corfuption what have you will reduce corruption.

Klitgaard’s Misleading “Corruption Formula”

Shopbop Designer Fashion Brands. The principal-agent approach, in particularly, heavily relies on the pre-existence of some level of political will already in place at the domestic level; when it comes to the point of reforming national anti-corruption structures and standards, it consistently becomes intuitive as to how exactly those measures are to be adopted, and by whom.


You must be logged in to post a comment. Parents of youth in Japan seek action from government December 29, Klitgaard has a delightfully informal style; but this can be misleading, since he is saying something important.

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You are commenting using your Facebook account. In this lively and absorbing book, Robert Klitgaard provides a framework for designing anti-corruption policies, and describes through five case studies how courageous policymakers were able to control corruption. But what I’ve read in this book is fascinating. Knack Limited preview – I think this may be the subject of a future post.

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The book is almost entirely composed of a case study of Philippines corruption. But this is not the real cost of corruption, Prof Klitgaard said explaining that this cost is rather an investment to deter people from being kltgaard.

Selected pages Title Page. No wonder the formula continues to attract adherents. Customers who bought this item also bought.

Therefore, we should understand that the problem is one of implementation, and not of technical knowledge.