Transparency is not Enough: Making Transparency Effective in Reducing Corruption

  title={Transparency is not Enough: Making Transparency Effective in Reducing Corruption},
  author={Catharina Lindstedt and Daniel Naurin},
  journal={International Political Science Review},
  pages={301 - 322}
We test the commonly stated, but rarely investigated, assertion that making political institutions more transparent is an effective method for combating corruption. This assertion is confirmed with cross-national data, but also specified and qualified in several respects. Most importantly, we find that looking only at average effects gives a misleading picture of the significance of transparency for corruption. Just making information available will not prevent corruption if such conditions for… 

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