Challenging corruption in Asia: case studies and a framework for action
Combating corruption is now high on the policy agenda across Asia. However, many policymakers are handicapped by the lack of useful analytical tools. Why do some policies and programs work in some countries, and fail in others? What accounts for their success or failure? How can policymakers develop and deliver anti-corruption strategies that work? Challenging Corruption in Asia provides an analytical framework to explore and attempt to answer these questions. Drawing on recent research, the framework outlines a six-step approach to developing effective anti-corruption strategies. Case studies focus on Indonesia, the Philippines, Thailand, and South Korea and illustrate the impact of different patterns of corruption and governance on anti-corruption effectiveness. Emphasis is placed on choosing anti-corruption instruments suited to the governance environment, on the key roles played by anti-corruption champions, especially civil society organizations and the media, and on the need to make information on the extent and perceptions of corruption widely available.