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The role of information in combating corruption
Jönköping University, Jönköping International Business School, JIBS, Economics.
(English)Manuscript (preprint) (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

The dynamics and existence of corruption has been attributed to many different factors. This study specifically looks at the links between information and corruption. The paper asserts the importance of a free press in anti-corruption work. However, the novelty is to stress not only freedom of expression but also show why technological constraints on the circulation of information play an important role in anti-corruption work. The empirical result suggests that freedom of press only has a positive impact on corruption if the informational infrastructure is of a sufficiently good quality.

Keyword [en]
Corruption, Information, Informational infrastructure, Press freedom
National Category
Economics
Identifiers
URN: urn:nbn:se:hj:diva-31972OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hj-31972DiVA: diva2:1034661
Available from: 2016-10-12 Created: 2016-10-12 Last updated: 2016-10-12Bibliographically approved
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1. Causes of corruption
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2009 (English)Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

This thesis consists of an introductory chapter and four essays. Although possible to read individually they all analyse the causes of corruption and hence complement each other.

The four essays collectively illustrate the complex nature of corruption. Often many interrelated factors work together in causing corruption. Hence, discovering how these factors, individually and together, cause corruption is vital in combating corruption.

The first essay helps to explain the path dependency of corruption. It shows that even if the legal system and enforcement level in a corrupt country or organisation is altered to become identical to that in a non corrupt, the level of corruption may not converge.

The second essay analyses how the decision making structure influences corruption. It is found that even though the profits of corruption may be monotonically related to changes in the organisational structure the incidence of corruption is not necessarily so.

The third essay looks on how corruption may spread between different organisations or countries as they interact with each other, with corrupt/non corrupt behaviour being more likely to be transmitted from successful to nonsuccessful entities than vice versa.

The fourth and final essay investigates how the freedom of information can impact on corruption. Looking on both regulatory and technical constraints on information flows, the conclusion is that relaxation of both constraints simultaneously is needed to combat corruption.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Jönköping: Jönköping University, Jönköping International Business School, 2009. 138 p.
Series
JIBS Dissertation Series, ISSN 1403-0470 ; 059
National Category
Economics
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:hj:diva-31974 (URN)978-91-86345-02-0 (ISBN)
Available from: 2016-10-12 Created: 2016-10-12 Last updated: 2016-10-12Bibliographically approved

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