WHY ANTI-CORRUPTION MESSAGING CAN ENCOURAGE BRIBERY

On 20 December, a research article published by Cambridge University Press says that there is growing concern that anti-corruption awareness-raising efforts may be backfiring; instead of encouraging citizens to resist corruption, they may be nudging them to “go with the corrupt grain”.  The article, for the American Political Science Review, finds that exposure to anti-corruption messages largely fails to discourage the decision to bribe, and in some cases it makes individuals more willing to pay a bribe.  Importantly, it also finds that the effect of anti-corruption messaging is conditioned by an individual’s pre-existing perceptions regarding the prevalence of corruption. 

https://www.cambridge.org/core/journals/american-political-science-review/article/curse-of-good-intentions-why-anticorruption-messaging-can-encourage-bribery/CE180F511D68B5A4D14904ACFA3728F4

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Author: raytodd2017

Chartered Legal Executive and former senior manager with Isle of Man Customs and Excise, where I was (amongst other things) Sanctions Officer (for UN/EU sanctions), Export Licensing Officer and Manager of the Legal-Library & Collectorate Support Section

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