A Research Agenda for Studies of Corruption
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A Research Agenda for Studies of Corruption

Edited by Alina Mungiu-Pippidi and Paul M. Heywood

This interdisciplinary Research Agenda contains state-of-the-art surveys of the field of corruption and points towards an agenda for future research. This comprehensive work covers the main approaches to diagnosing, analysing and measuring corruption, as well as the ways to tackle it. Chapters explore top political and grassroots corruption, buying and stealing votes, corruption in relation to gender and the media, digital anti-corruption and an examination of whistleblowing and market-based tools.
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Chapter 11: Digital anti-corruption: hopes and challenges

Niklas Kossow


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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