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POSC 101 (Murphy): Assignment


Due November 21. Early submission date, November 14

8-10 pages

Choose a country from the corruption index.

1)Apply the terminology used in the reading and reviewed in class to discuss the type and level of corruption (payoffs and bribes, graft and embezzlement, blackmail and extortion, and preferential treatment/nepotism.) Describe whether you are looking at principal-agent or collective action problems or both. Use examples.

2) Look at the impact of the corruption on two or more of the indicators used in your reading, such impact on government “social” spending, economic and gender inequality, political stability or trust in the government.

3) Find recommendations that have been made to combat corruption in your example or, lacking examples, suggest some from the assigned reading on corruption that fit your country.

A correctly itemized bibliography should be attached. Minimal use of websites; no use of dictionaries or Wikipedia, Newsweek, Time, blogs, or opinion pieces, our text book or assigned readings Actual use of:  Journal articles or longer newspaper articles (WSJ, NYT, WP, LA Times) Book chapters.  Sources should be current (no more than five years old).

Keyword Exercise

Transparency International defines corruption as the abuse of entrusted power for private gain.

In regards to the US, Transparency International lists transparency in political spending as the first strategy for reducing corruption.

Academic language (and therefore an academic database) isn't always what we might expect it to be. Use the method modeled in the worksheet below to develop alternate keywords for each of the ones you have pulled out of your own research topic. They can be synonyms, broader terms, or more narrow terms.

For example: political spending might generate a list like:

  • campaign spending
  • campaign donations
  • lobbyists
  • PACs
  • political ads
  • NRA
  • revolving door
  • industry spending

Manage & Organize

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