Evaluating Conflicts of Interests Control Systems: Lessons About Their Sustainability
Posted: 5 Oct 2010
Date Written: October 4, 2010
Conflicts of Interests Control Systems are an integral part of the international anti-corruption toolkit. Since the 1990s, some interventions to promote these systems have been more successful than others. This note presents a typology to identify systems that manage conflicts of interests impartially, are viable, are discretionally manipulated, or are dormant. It summarizes a political economy framework to account for the development of these different types. The main point of the framework is that political processes and institutional contexts matter. Stakeholders should pay particular attention to decisions about how they go about promoting reforms. The note is based on Guerzovich (2010), and builds on more than 300 in-depth interviews in the Americas and Europe as well as reviews of primary documents and secondary works.
Keywords: conflicts of interests, ethics, anticorruption
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