by: Raj Soopramien, W. Paatii Ofosu-Amaah, Kishor Uprety
Corruption is a world-wide phenomenon. No country, no matter how
rich or powerful, is immune to the detrimental effects of corruption.
In this timely and careful survey of national and international
efforts, Combating Corruption provides a comparative view of
selected legal practices and international initiatives undertaken to
fight corruption. At the outset, the paper makes the distinction
between preventative and curative instruments which countries have used
to fight corruption. The authors of this study examine codes of
conduct, affirmations of national commitment, leadership codes, and
provisions relating to declaration of assets and freedom of
Although the paper highlights some bold measures that have been
undertaken by countries to combat corruption, it goes on to report that
the anti-corruption efforts are far from finished on the national
The paper concludes that legal initiatives alone cannot make a
difference in the fight against corruption. The most successful
programs are those that combine legal initiatives with the necessary
resources needed to engage in and sustain the fight against corruption.
There needs to be strong political will and a determination to stop the
spread of corruption in order to effect change.
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