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Paul Kingston

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Controlling Global Corruption: Are We There Yet?  The fall of communism ended the cold war and with it the geopolitical utility of a wide range of corrupt regimes.  Following political and economic transition involved a lot of corruption when aid agencies came under pressure to do more with less  Transparency international launched as a worldwide anticorruption coalition  Bribery and extortion are the most common forms of corruption. But corruption as real people face it also includes favouritism, falsification of data, official theft, electoral fraud, the use of administrative resources to intimidate voters and regime opponents, and diversions of foreign aid and national revenue streams, to name just a few other variations  Influence markets – involve efforts by wealthy interests and individuals to shape specific policies, often by channelled funds to elected officials and party leaders who act as middlemen between business and bureaucrats  Elite cartels – are extended, interlocking networks of political, bureaucratic, business, military and media elites sus
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