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The Role of Parliaments in Curbing Corruption at the Country Level

Universite Laval

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in collaboration with:

  • Dr Rasheed Draman - African Centre for Parliamentary Affairs 

For details of the ongoing progress of this award please check The Role of Parliaments in Curbing Corruption at the Country Level project blog.

This project will address the scarcity of research at the country level on the impact of parliamentary oversight on curbing corruption. It is widely recognized that corruption hinders development. Over the past decade, a growing body of research has demonstrated that parliamentary oversight is an important determinant of corruption. This view is based on a simple proposition: if parliaments can oversee government activity, then corruption will be reduced. Within this proposition is nested a second assumption: since financial oversight has long been the traditional cornerstone of accountability, effective oversight of public expenditure is an essential component of national anti-corruption strategies and programs.

These propositions have been well tested and proven at the global and regional levels, including by this project's research team. By sharp contrast, little research has been undertaken at the country level on how parliamentary oversight is undertaken, which oversight mechanisms are effective or on how national parliaments interact with other anti-corruption stakeholders.

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