Global Corruption in Geographic Perspective

Authors: Barney Warf*, University of Kansas
Topics: Political Geography
Keywords: corruption, political geography, governance
Session Type: Paper
Day: 4/5/2019
Start / End Time: 5:00 PM / 6:40 PM
Room: Directors Room, Omni, West
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Corruption undermines the efficiency and effectiveness of the state worldwide, lowering economic growth, accentuating inequality, reducing the inefficiency in the delivery of public services, and creating widespread popular distrust of the state. This paper opens with an overview of the causes and consequences of state malfeasance, emphasizing how particular configurations of state power are closely associated with higher levels of corruption. Using data from Transparency International, it offers an empirical analysis of how corruption varies spatially worldwide, including the geography of bribes, and corruption’s relations to growth, literacy, income inequality, freedom of the media, and how emphatically (or not) governments have sought to minimize it. It concludes by arguing that anti-corruption efforts have been largely superficial and ineffective.

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