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Corruption: Forgotten Facts, Fashionable Fallacies?


Much needs to be done to protect companies, countries and world security against corruption. In deciding what action is needed important facts are sometimes forgotten or overlooked, for example that those who pay bribes get usually bigger benefits than those taking them. It is also important that action against corruption should depend on its perceived frequency – in any activities corrupt acts occur either seldom or very often, not usually at frequencies in-between. Similarly views about corruption and its ‘remedies’ can be dangerously misleading. A few are listed and a smaller number considered critically, such as claims that bribes are ‘excusable’ in traditional societies. Also challenged are the many calls for ‘National Integrity Systems’ and holistic approaches, for ‘war’ against corruption, for zero tolerance and for ‘eradication’. The pressures for more transparency and accountability and the popular equation ‘C = M + D – A’ are also questioned. It is argued that to protect the world from corruption we need to focus on people more than systems.

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Dr Denis Osborne, Adviser, Consultant and Trainer in Governance

Friday, 01 April 2011
12.15 p.m. - 1.30 p.m.

Seminar Room 3-4
Level 3, Manasseh Meyer
Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy
469C Bukit Timah Road
Singapore 259772

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