Recommended Books

Short list of Recommended Books


This book provides you with a better understanding of public corruption and governments’ anti-corruption practices. It outlines a general framework of anti-corruption strategies that governments undertake to effectively curb corrupt practices and covers case studies of anti-corruption efforts in several countries, including China, India, South Korea, Nepal, and Central and Eastern European countries. The book focuses on developing and transitional countries, where the depth and effects of corruption are especially severe. The cases highlight examples of failure as well as success so that the complexity of corruption issues and the reasons why corruption persists can be better understood.

Most of the contributors to each chapter are native to the countries under discussion and provide an insider’s view and analysis. They expose some of the appalling depths to which corruption can go. In governments where accountability is generally weak, legal institutions are poorly developed, civil liberties and political competition are often restricted, and laws are frequently flouted, it is the people who ultimately suffer.


  • William P. Olsen. The Anti-Corruption Handbook: How to Protect Your Business in the Global Marketplace.


Written by the National Practice Leader of Forensic Accounting, Fraud and Investigations at Grant Thornton, The Anti-Corruption Handbook: How to Protect Your Business in the Global Marketplace provides guidelines addressing the challenges of maintaining business integrity in the global marketplace. Timely and thought provoking, this book reveals the risks of doing business in the global marketplace and the precautions organizations can take to mitigate these risks.

  • Rick Stapenhurst , Niall Johnston , Riccardo Pelizzo., eds. (2006) The Role of Parliaments in Curbing Corruption. Washington D.C.: The World Bank.


In most countries, parliament has the constitutional mandate to both oversee government and to hold government to account; often, audit institutions, ombuds and anti-corruption agencies report to parliament, as a means of ensuring both their independence from government and reinforcing parliament's position at the apex of accountability institutions. At the same time, parliaments can also play a key role in promoting accountability, through constituency outreach, public hearings, and parliamentary commissions. This title will be of interest to parliamentarians and parliamentary staff, development practitioners, students of development and those interested in curbing corruption and improving governance in developing and developed countries alike.

  • Derick W. Brinkerhoff (2000) Assessing political will for anti-corruption efforts: an analytic framework. Maryland, USA:  John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.


This article focuses on analyzing political will as it relates to the design, initiation, and pursuit of anti-corruption activities. The article elaborates an analytic framework for political will that partitions the concept into a set of characteristics/indicators, and elaborates the external factors that influence the expression and intensity of political will in a particular situation. The conceptual model identifies the links among the characteristics of political will and these external factors, and traces their resulting influence on the support for, design of, and outcomes of anti-corruption reforms. The conceptual framework for political will draws upon analysis and field experience with implementing policy change in a variety of sectors, including anti-corruption. The article closes with recommendations on the practical applications of the framework.

  • Daniel Lederman, Norman V. Loayza and Rodrigo R. Soares. 2005.  ACCOUNTABILITY AND CORRUPTION: POLITICAL INSTITUTIONS MATTER. Washington, DC:  World Bank


This study uses a cross-country panel to examine the determinants of corruption, paying particular attention to political institutions that increase accountability. Even though the theoretical literature has stressed the importance of political institutions in determining corruption, the empirical literature is relatively scarce. Our results confirm the role of political institutions in determining the prevalence of corruption. Democracies, parliamentary systems, political stability, and freedom of press are all associated with lower corruption. Additionally, common results of the previous empirical literature, related to openness and legal tradition, do not hold once political variables are taken into account.

  • Robert Klitgaard. 1997. Cleaning up and invigorating the civil service. RAND. John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.


Reliable quantitative estimates are not available of: (1) the quality of civil service performance and changes therein as the result of development projects, or (2) the importance of civil service performance for various development outcomes. Nonetheless, anecdotal evidence indicates that in some countries government performance has indeed collapsed, with calamitous effects on development. Although poor government performance is theoretically overdetermined - there are many possible causes, which we cannot disentangle in practice - a plausible story can be told based on institutional economics, using such concepts as information, incentives, and credible commitment. This version of both problems and solutions is supported by examples of successful reforms. The article argues that institutional adjustment deserves more consideration as a basis for reforms. Two practical examples are discussed in some detail: improving incentives in the public sector and strategies to combat corruption.

  • Heather Marquette. 2007 Civic education for combating corruption: lessons from Hong Kong and the US for donor-funded programmes in poor countries. University of Birmingham, UK:  John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.


Donors are increasingly funding projects and programmes that fit under the general rubric of civic education. These tend to address both targeted problems within a country and wider institutional reforms, including, for example, projects aimed at voter education for first time elections within a country, or human rights education in countries coming out of a non-democratic system. More recently, donors are funding civic education for both adults and children to help fight corruption. This article looks at lessons from two well-known models for civic education, one of which targets corruption specifically and one which targets wider civic values: the Hong Kong Independent Commission Against Corruption's (ICAC) community relations programme, and the US civic education, including programmes funded by USAID in other countries. It argues that both the Hong Kong and US experiences of civic education demonstrate how unlikely it is that donors will produce similar results with a fraction of the budget and in environments characterized by weak institutions, widespread illiteracy, crumbling or non-existent schools and inadequate training for teachers. It also explores how, in fact in both cases, corruption forms only a very small part of much wider civic education curricula based on citizenship, not corruption, and discusses the implications of this for donors.

More books

  • Bob Ingle and Sandy McClure (2008) The Soprano State: New Jersey's Culture of Corruption. New York: St. Martin’s Press.
  • Peter DeLeon. (1993) Thinking About Political Corruption. Armonk, N.Y.: M.E. Sharpe.
  • Robert N. Roberts, Marion T. Doss Jr.  (1997)From Watergate to Whitewater: The Public Integrity War. Westport, Conn.: Praeger.
  • Bruce L. Felknor. Political Mischief: Smear, Sabotage, and Reform in U.S. Elections. New York : Praeger, 1992.
  • Dennis F. Thompson. Ethics in Congress: From Individual to Institutional Corruption. Washington, DC : Brookings Institution, 1995.
  • James L. Merriner (2004) Grafters and Goo Goos: Corruption and Reform in Chicago, 1833-2003. Carbondale : Southern Illinois University Press.
  • Stephen D. Morris. (2009)Political corruption in Mexico  the impact of democratization.  Boulder, Colo.: Lynne Rienner Publishers
  • John Mukum Mbaku (1997) Institutions and Reform in Africa: The Public Choice Perspective. Westport, Conn.: Praeger.
  • Richard H. Mitchell. (1996)Political Bribery in Japan. Honolulu, Hawaii : University of Hawai‘i Press.
  • Robert Harris. (2003) Political Corruption: In and beyond the Nation State. London ; New York :Routledge.
  • Gong, Ting. (1994)The Politics of Corruption in Contemporary China: An Analysis of Policy. Westport, Conn.: Praeger.
  • Ting Gong Outcomes
  • Robert Williams. (2000) Party finance and political corruption. New York : St. Martin's Press.
  • Vaughn, Jacqueline. (2007)Managerial discretion in government decision making: beyond the street level. Sudbury, Mass.: Jones and Bartlett Publishers.
  • Smith, Daniel Jordan (2007) A culture of corruption: everyday deception and popular discontent in Nigeria / Daniel Jordan Smith. Princeton: Princeton University Press.
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