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Civil service reform and anti-corruption in developing countries

By examining the impact of civil service practices in key areas - recruitment, promotion, performance management, dismissal, pay, leadership and integrity management - on corruption, clientelism......

23 July 2019

Civil service reform is a central component of anti-corruption aid. Yet, reformers lack robust evidence on the effectiveness of distinct civil service designs for curbing corruption in developing countries. By examining the impact of civil service practices in key areas - recruitment, promotion, performance management, dismissal, pay, leadership and integrity management - on corruption, clientelism and bureaucratic performance, this project will provide new evidence for policymakers on effective civil service designs and management practices.

The project does so through a survey and a series of survey experiments with 20,000 public servants in ten developing countries in Africa, Asia and Latin America and Eastern Europe. The project thus comprises the largest original cross-country survey of public servants in the developing world to-date.

Project team

Dr. Christian Schuster

Prof Jan Meyer-Sahling (University of Nottingham)

Sponsors

UK Department for International Development (DFID) and the British Academy