Transparency, Citizen-Reporting and the Fight Against Corruption: An Empirical Investigation of Some Major Interlinkages through Data from Anti-Corruption Hotlines
35 Pages Posted: 19 Jan 2016
Date Written: May 19, 2011
How does the quality of the transparency regime in a country impact citizen-reporting on corruption? What effect does it have on the work of intermediary bodies such as citizen complaint mechanisms? How do citizen complaint mechanisms, in turn, influence the transparency regimes they work under? Using data from anti-corruption hotlines in 26 countries, covering 4 regions, we examine these questions and find that better transparency regimes lead to more use of these sources and mechanisms by citizens in their efforts to hold public institutions accountable. Moreover, we find that citizen complaint mechanisms, such as anticorruption hotlines, perform better under conditions of greater transparency. They not only play a crucial role in aiding citizens but also contribute to improving the transparency regime itself. The findings shed new light on how transparency, citizen-reporting and anti-corruption hotlines interact and point towards promising avenues for policy intervention.
Keywords: anti-corruption, transparency, hotlines, citizen-reporting
JEL Classification: O00, C00
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