Can Democracy Limit Corruption?

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Evie Papada

University of Gothenburg - V-Dem Institute

Marina Nord

University of Gothenburg - V-Dem Institute

Staffan I. Lindberg

University of Gothenburg - Varieties of Democracy Institute; University of Gothenburg - Department of Political Science

Date Written: December 2022

Abstract

Scientific evidence shows:
• High levels of democracy reduce corruption. Corruption is also lower in the worst dictatorships.
• Limited democratization typically leads to increasing corruption that gradually falls if a high-quality democracy develops.
• Democratization alone does not necessarily translate into lower levels of corruption.
• It works both ways: Corruption undermines support for democracy.

Keywords: democracy, corruption

Suggested Citation

Papada, Evie and Nord, Marina and Lindberg, Staffan I., Can Democracy Limit Corruption? (December 2022). V-Dem Institute, V-Dem Policy Brief No. 36, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=4787135 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.4787135

Evie Papada

University of Gothenburg - V-Dem Institute ( email )

Marina Nord (Contact Author)

University of Gothenburg - V-Dem Institute ( email )

Gothenburg, 40530
Sweden

Staffan I. Lindberg

University of Gothenburg - Varieties of Democracy Institute ( email )

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Gothenburg, Gothenburg 405 30
Sweden

HOME PAGE: http://v-dem.net

University of Gothenburg - Department of Political Science ( email )

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