2017 Democracy and Human Rights, Public Administration Analysis

Seven Steps to Evidence-Based Anti-corruption: A Roadmap

Alina Mungiu-Pippidi

The time has come for a full-fledged roadmap to evidence-based anti-corruption. Testing the toolkit of anti-corruption consultants, it is found that the few workable tools are functioning only in contexts where domestic agency exists.

The report is based in the author’s extensive research on anti-corruption and discusses the possibility for donors as outsiders to support domestic strategies aimed at building public integrity and ethical universalism.

The report presents seven steps to ecidence-based anti-corruption:

  1. Control of corruption has to be built – not restored.
  2. Identify the dominant norm and practice.
  3. Relevant fact-based indicators.
  4. Identify agency..
  5. Construct a theory of change.
  6. To implement a strategy to fix balance, donors need to get together.
  7. Set the example.

Alina Mungiu-Pippidi, Professor, Democracy Studies, Hertie School of Governance, Berlin.