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CurbingCorruption’s Journal records progress against corruption – practical, reflective, theoretical, even anecdotal.

We encourages readers – whether politicians, officials, company executives, activists, researchers, students or citizens – to add their own contributions to global knowledge of tackling corruption. The article does not have to be academic, can be cited and easily accessed here for download.


Increasing the impact of an anti-corruption website through social media: a practical experiment.

Paul Heywood, Siddharth Chaudhari, Jen Kartner, Faith Muniale, Denisse Rodriguez, Sigrid Vasconez & Mark Pyman (2020). CurbingCorruption Journal, September 2020.

This is the story of an experiment to expand the reach of CurbingCorruption, which ran for six months from 1 February to 31 July 2020.

Tackling defence corruption with a ‘whole sector’ approach; Working paper

Mark Pyman (2019). CurbingCorruption Journal, November 2019.

Tackling defence corruption is about much more than stopping dodgy commissions on arms sales. Civilians and soldiers die because of corruption in defence, insecurity rises, peace is compromised, wars extended. This working paper describes the twenty-year effort by Transparency International’s Defence & Security Programme to reduce defence corruption across the whole sector, collaborating with and pressuring defence ministries, military forces, defence companies, NATO, NGOs and others. The progress suggests that a ‘whole sector’ approach – covering companies, governments, regulators and civil society – can be effective, and may hold lessons for how reform approaches in other sectors can be better conceived and implemented.

Progress in Local Government reform in Myanmar

Heesu Chung (2019). CurbingCorruption Journal, June 2019.

How Myanmar advanced from second to bottom in the CPI in 2010 to 132nd out of 180 in 2018 through incremental systems change. The paper reviews functional reforms in local administrations like one-stop shops, people-centred reforms like community monitoring by civil society, transparency reforms like citizens budgets, and strengthening media networks.


Leung Cheuk Ki (2018). CurbingCorruption Journal, October 2018

This literature review, supplemented by interviews with Chinese scholars, follows the evolution of thinking in the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) about corruption, from the toleration of corruption among the outstanding national leaders at the time of the establishment of the People’s Republic of China to understanding corruption as a force de-legitimising the CCP. The main reform measures are described, together with current criticism of them.

The effectiveness of police ‘internal affairs departments’ in limiting corruption in police services – a literature review

Wilf Dunne (2018). CurbingCorruption Journal, October 2018

This review presents an analysis of English-language literature on the available knowledge about models of corruption investigation within the policing sector, particularly the role and effectiveness of Internal Affairs Units (IAUs) and Professional Standards Units (PSUs). It examines literature on both the organisation models and the experience from police services in the USA, UK, Australia, Slovenia, Israel and Zimbabwe.

Corruption in Iran. Experience, perception, and reform efforts – A literature review

Helena Bennett & Mark Pyman (2018). CurbingCorruption Journal, September 2018.

This paper reviews Farsi academic and media sources on corruption and anti-corruption policies in the Islamic Republic of Iran. It identifies several trends in the literature which suggest that corruption is generally seen as an issue of concern for governance in Iran, most notably in the security forces and judiciary. Scholars observe that several Iranian administrations have passed legislation aimed at reducing corruption, but some are critical about its effectiveness. The report concludes that a culture of fear around criticising senior government figures and officials has led to a lack of detailed research into the nature of corruption in Iran.


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