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A new bookcase spurred me to go through all of my old grad school books, including those from a class on international corruption. I immediately noticed a trend among these books: all of them focused on the role of the government, rather than the private sector, in creating, sustaining, and cleaning up corruption. Leafing through the books I could see that there was a private sector gap in not only my bookcase but also the most cited models of corruption and governance, which means that there is a real opportunity to re-analyze these models through the lens of the private sector.
For example, in one of the most influential books on corruption, “Corruption and Government: Causes, Consequences, and Reform,” Susan Rose-Ackerman concludes that:
“Fundamental change requires commitment from the top of the government and a willingness to follow through as the anti-corruption effort unfolds. Read More...