Opportunity for Improving
Civic Engagement



Project name: «Corrupt Cities - practical guide to cure and prevention» translating and publishing
Project location: Yerevan, Armenia
Project dates: May – December 2007
Project goal: To support the reduction of corruption in Armenia by breeding of world best practices of fighting corruption by translating, publishing and dissemination of the book “Corrupt Cities. A practical guide to cure and prevent”.

Description: In the frames of the project the book «Corrupt Cities - practical guide to cure and prevention» by Robert Klitgaard, Ronald MacLean-Abaroa, H. Lindsey Parris had been translated into Armenian and published. This book provides the indispensable set of tools. Authors provide approach: focus on the institutions that create the incentives for corruption rather than on the character of those committing the act of corruption. Because if the institution, which create the incentives, are not changed, the next occupants of these positions will likely be just as corrupt as their predecessors.

Corrupt Cities is an important contribution to these emerging fields, addressing the historical, traditional and cultural context that create perverse incentives for corruption to exist. At the same time, this book provides practical solutions and a set of incentives charting a path away from misgovernance toward effective local governance. The authors present case studies of both success and failure to underscore that addressing corruption is only an entry point to deeper public sector reforms. The book serves as a guide for local reformers and citizen groups intent on changing corrupt system by introducing practical strategies to combat corruption and to reform local institutions. Practical tools and approaches are presented, including fiscal transfers, informatics to track public revenues and expenditures, simplified rules to improve the procurement process, diagnostics, and participatory techniques for developing and monitoring local budgets. Corrupt Cities brings together in a systematic way such issues as building accountable, effective and transparent system, and provides both - a conceptual and a practical framework as well as an international perspective based on concrete country examples such as Hong Kong and La Paz. The book offers examples of anti-corruption strategies that work. And also provides suggestions concerning implementation in difficult settings that may be characterized by political indifference, bureaucratic inertia and citizen support not yet mobilized.

The major theme of this book is that fighting corruption in the right ways can become a lever to achieve much broader ends, not only financial survival but also remarking the relations between the citizen and local government.

The book covers such issues as Importance and Consequences of Corruption, Developing and Implementation of an Anti-corruption Strategies, Economic Approach to Corruption, Participatory Diagnosis, Corruption Assessment, Citizen and Private Sector Involving, Reforms Implementation, Sustainability of Anti-Corruption Strategies,  and others.

Support: Foundation Partners for Local Development - Romania Local Government and Public Service Initiative of the Open Society Institute LGI


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