Corruption and other governance problems result primarily from processes generated
within the domestic political economy. There are major international factors, however,
that interact with domestic processes: international drivers of corruption. This report
introduces an analytical tool to help readers understand how these international drivers
of corruption affect governance and corruption at the country level. It provides a
means for identifying those drivers that matter most for domestic governance, as well
as opportunities for international actors to work more effectively to improve governance
in specific country contexts.
A more selective and prioritised approach to tackling corruption at both the domestic
and international levels is still needed. Identifying the sets of drivers most crucial
to weak governance and corruption can help donors and their domestic partners prioritise
and co-ordinate their response.
A political economy perspective is essential in analysing the impact of international
drivers on governance and corruption, including a focus on the informal rules of the
game, the complex interactions between economic and political change, and the incentives
that shape political behaviour.
The centrality of revenues and rents to elite strategies for winning, using and maintaining
power are key to understanding how resources sustaining regimes are generated and
controlled, and the implications for corruption and governance.