Integrating Institutional and Behavioural Bribery Measures

Centre for the Study of Public Policy, U. of Strathclyde: Studies in Public Policy No. 517

30 Pages Posted: 27 Jun 2017

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Richard Rose

University of Strathclyde - Center for the Study of Public Policy; European Union Institute

Caryn Peiffer

Developmental Leadership Program

Date Written: 2015

Abstract

To understand the process of bribery we need to integrate measures of individual behaviour and institutional attributes rather than rely exclusively on micro or macro-level measures. Indexes of corruption in national institutions cannot explain how individuals within a country differ in the likelihood of paying a bribe. This paper shows that both what country you live in and who you are together influence whether a person pays a bribe through the analysis of 76 nationwide Global Corruption Barometer surveys from six continents. Multi-level multivariate logit analysis tests four hypotheses. It finds that path-determined histories of early bureaucratization or colonialism have a major impact after controlling for individual differences. At the individual level, people who perceive government as corrupt and frequently make use of public services are more likely to pay bribes, while socio-economic inequality has no significant influence. Since institutional history cannot be changed, the conclusion shows how changing the design of public services is more likely to reduce behavioural tendencies to pay bribes than relying on changes in individual attitudes and resources.

Keywords: Bribery, Institutions, Public services, Contact, Surveys

Suggested Citation

Rose, Richard and Peiffer, Caryn, Integrating Institutional and Behavioural Bribery Measures (2015). Centre for the Study of Public Policy, U. of Strathclyde: Studies in Public Policy No. 517, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2992571

Richard Rose (Contact Author)

University of Strathclyde - Center for the Study of Public Policy ( email )

Glasgow, Scotland G1 1XQ
United Kingdom

European Union Institute ( email )

Via dei Roccettini 9
50014 San Domenico di Fiesole
Florence, Florence 50014
Italy

Caryn Peiffer

Developmental Leadership Program ( email )

Edgbaston
Birmingham, B15 2TT
United Kingdom

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