Corruption has been drawing increasing policy-making and scholarly attention since the 1990s, in the wake of several waves of political and economic openings in the developing world, as well as several regional and global economic/financial crises. Identifying the mechanisms of corruption, and their similarities and differences in various environments, can help assess the proposed solutions to this widespread issue. The course starts with a discussion of the definitions and measurement of corruption across countries, and then addresses corruption in specific environments, such as the politics and the economies of developed and developing countries, conflict-ridden societies, and international investment. The pros and cons of various anti-corruption approaches are also discussed.
At the end of the course, students will be able to:
- Identify, compare and contrast the forms and causes of corruption in various environments
- Use social scientific concepts to understand corruption, and its proliferation and persistence
- Critically assess various solutions proposed to address corruption, and think creatively about remedies.
- Cross-listed as SOC 113
- This course is offered as part of the Summer Intensive in International Management, and qualifies toward the Certificate of Completion in International Management.