Review of anti-corruption strategies

Abstract

Corruption manifests itself in a number of ways. It ranges from petty to
grand in nature, from political to bureaucratic in focus and from incidental to
systemic in scope. Emanating essentially from the exploitation of public office
for private gain, corruption radiates from governments through agencies and
impacts upon the individuals and/or organisations required to liaise with those
agencies in order to obtain basic services. This report is the result of a
request for the Australian Institute of Criminology to review the literature
concerning anti-corruption strategies, and particularly to identify the common
elements deemed to underpin and/or undermine their effectiveness. A bibliography
covering the period from 2000 to 2006 was compiled as part of this report and
endeavoured to provide details of indicative sources on the context and
operation of anti-corruption programs, and examined those sources which were
largely concerned with the Asia-Pacific region. While not intended to be a
comprehensive review of corruption literature, the bibliography sought to
provide a specific overview of sources which contained details and analysis of
anti-corruption strategies.