International Drivers of Corruption: A Tool for Analysis
International Drivers of Corruption: A Tool for Analysis
February 2012

Corruption impacts development outcomes, undermines accountable institutions, prevents access to basic public services, and holds back economic growth.

Corruption and other governance problems result primarily from processes generated within the domestic political economy. There are major international factors, however, that interact with domestic processes: international drivers of corruption. It is now widely recognised that international aspects of corruption can have a critical impact on domestic governance and development efforts.

This report introduces an analytical tool to help readers understand how these international drivers of corruption affect governance and corruption at the country level. It provides a means for identifying those drivers that matter most for domestic governance, as well as opportunities for international actors to work more effectively to improve governance in specific country contexts. By providing operational recommendations, this report helps development actors to better design their actions to counter corrupt practices and improve development outcomes.

International Drivers of Corruption: A Tool for Analysis
Key conclusions
A more selective and prioritised approach to tackling corruption at both the domestic and international levels is still needed. Identifying the sets of drivers most crucial to weak governance and corruption can help donors and their domestic partners prioritise and co-ordinate their response.
A political economy perspective is essential in analysing the impact of international drivers on governance and corruption, including a focus on the informal rules of the game, the complex interactions between economic and political change, and the incentives that shape political behaviour.
The centrality of revenues and rents to elite strategies for winning, using and maintaining power are key to understanding how resources sustaining regimes are generated and controlled, and the implications for corruption and governance.