Corruption: Is the Law Blindsiding a More Meaningful Discourse?

When did the law and the legal profession start to dominate the international discourse on corruption – focusing on the supply-side and ignoring the reasons why corruption may occur in some contexts? The better route is more dialogue and teamwork across disciplines.

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Everything You Need to Know about Social Norms and Corruption

Did you know social norms can act as a brake to sustainable behavior change? That there’s a body of research on how social norms influence behavior? We didn’t either – until now. Read our new Social Norms Reference Guide to see what we’ve learned.

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Using Systems Thinking to Understand and Address Corruption in the Criminal Justice System in Fragile States

Scharbatke-Church and Chigas contributed this insightful analysis to a recent book: Corruption, Social Sciences, and the Law: Exploration Across the Disciplines. Pointing out a disappointing record on anti-corruption, this chapter outlines a new way of analyzing corruption using systems thinking tools which better capture its complexity.

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The Big Shift That Police and Justice Professionals Need to Make in Fragile States

By Cheyanne Scharbatke-Church

When operating in fragile states, donors and implementers working in the police, justice and corrections space need to incorporate a complexity lens if programs are to effectively respond to the realities of the context. Moving from ‘simple’ or ‘complicated’ understandings of the issues, to one that accepts the complexity inherent to the process is best, particularly when these issues are exacerbated by systemic corruption.

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