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A review of Drivers of corruption: a brief review, by Tina Søreide

Crime, Law and Social Change

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To attempt to summarize the last 40 years’ research in several disciplines on why corruption exists is ambitious in itself. To do so in less than 100 pages is daring. Yet that is precisely what Tina Søreide does skillfully in Drivers of corruption: A brief review  Søreide [1]. In five short chapters, she takes us on a whirlwind tour of the economic theories and evidence regarding the conditions that are conducive to corruption, while incorporating and highlighting important insights drawn from political science, law, sociology, anthropology, and psychology. The result is a bold and insightful introduction to corruption that is useful to scholars, practitioners, and laypersons alike.

This book was commissioned by the World Bank and financed by the African Development Bank, in the context of the multi-organizational World Forum on Law, Justice, and Development. Its announced purpose is to serve as a foundation to guide policymakers in the International Financial Institutions (IFIs): by un ...