Edited by Alina Mungiu-Pippidi and Paul M. Heywood
Chapter 11: Digital anti-corruption: hopes and challenges
The digitalization of anti-corruption is in full steam. Information and communication technology (ICT) is increasingly used in the context of anti-corruption programming around the world and promoted by NGOs and donor organisations alike. Yet, we know surprisingly little about how effective these new tactics are. This chapter establishes a state of the art on what we know about ICT in anti-corruption. It links theoretical literature to empirical findings on this specific issue and reviews academic, peer-reviewed literature in this context. In doing so it provides a classification and review of quantitative studies, comparative studies and single case studies focusing on context-specific ICT uses in an anti-corruption context. The chapter thus not only establishes what we know so far, but also identifies gaps in literature to establish a call for a future research agenda on the use of ICT for anti-corruption.
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