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Controlling Corruption Paperback – June 1, 1991

ISBN-13: 978-0520074088 ISBN-10: 0520074084 Edition: Reprint

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  • Paperback: 230 pages
  • Publisher: University of California Press; Reprint edition (June 1, 1991)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0520074084
  • ISBN-13: 978-0520074088
  • Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 5.5 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #444,781 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"An excellent introduction to methods of reducing corruption." -- Gordon Tullock, Journal of Economic Literature

"This is a most worthwhile book, both for its insights into anti- corruption policies and for the academic debate about more general questions that it will certainly create." -- Michael Johnston, American Political Science Review

"This is an extremely readable and well-researched book, and the author must be congratulated for having the courage to open up a subject which is still largely taboo in many developing countries." -- George C. Abbott, Public Administration and Development

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"Controlling Corruption is a brilliant book. It is far and away the best work on the subject that I have read and I think the best there is."—Aaron Wildavsky, University of California, Berkeley

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Robert Klitgaard is a University Professor at Claremont Graduate University in California, where he served as President from 2005 to 2009. Formerly a professor at Harvard and Yale and Dean of the Pardee RAND Graduate School, he has been an adviser and researcher in more than 30 countries around the world. Klitgaard has been called "the world's leading expert on corruption" (The Christian Science Monitor).
His eight previous books include:
High-Performance Government: Structure, Leadership, Incentives (RAND) (edited with Paul C. Light). "This sometimes sprawling but hugely insightful work is the first significant public management book about performance in the new century. It rivals John Roberts' The Modern Firm currently regarded by many (this reviewer included) as the best business book thus far on performance in the 21st century." --The Public Manager.
Corrupt Cities: A Practical Guide to Cure and Prevention (ICS Press and World Bank Institute; translated into 18 languages) (with Ronald MacLean-Abaroa and H. Lindsey Parris). "This small gem of a book...is an exemplar of the transfer of economic principles into the practice of public management." --The Journal of Economic Literature.
Adjusting to Reality: Beyond "State versus Market" in Economic Development (ICS Press and International Center for Economic Growth; translated into Spanish and French), a study of policies to make markets work better, make governments work better, and close the economic gaps among ethnic groups. "Lively and highly readable...goes beyond the abstractions of academia and the slogans of the World Bank to present a step-by-step guide to identifying problems and implementing the recommended policies." -Journal of Economic Literature.
Tropical Gangsters (Basic Books), a first-hand account of economic reform in Africa. Named by the editors of the New York Times Book Review as one of the six best non-fiction books of 1990. Included in New York Times' Books of the Century.
Controlling Corruption (University of California Press; translated into 8 languages), a study of corruption and how to reduce it in the developing countries. "A most worthwhile book, both for its insights into anticorruption policies and for the academic debate about more general questions that it will certainly create." -American Political Science Review.
Elitism and Meritocracy in Developing Countries (Johns Hopkins University Press), an analysis of selection policies (including affirmative action) around the globe. "This groundbreaking book...should be required reading for social scientists, both in universities and outside them, who are seriously interested in the important roles and impacts of education in developing countries." -Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Sciences.
Data Analysis for Development (Oxford University Press), how to apply statistics and econometrics to policy problems in poor countries. "Stunningly good." -Richard Light, Harvard University.
Choosing Elites (Basic Books), how educational elites are and should be selected in the United States. Listed in The Harvard Guide to Influential Books.
Klitgaard received A.B., M.P.P., and Ph.D. degrees from Harvard University.

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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Autodidact on November 22, 2007
Format: Paperback
This book is canonical in the corruption literature, because of its accessible introduction of the notion that the optimal amount of corruption is non-zero (due to monitoring costs) and the much-quoted formula C=M+A-D (corruption=monopoly plus accountability minus discretion). It is an academic book, not a popular book, although it is accessible to the lay reader. But its primary interest is for the student of history of ideas, as its contributions have been absorbed into the literature and its flaws are therefore that much more obvious; it is now very much dated. Contrary to the previous review, there are several case studies in this book. Four stars for its contribution, rather than its current relevance.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Leslie Holmes on May 12, 2014
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This is much older than most of the literature on corruption, but remains a classic, and compares well with contemporary studies. Klitgaard has a delightfully informal style; but this can be misleading, since he is saying something important. Despite his economics background, the author demonstrates a keen awareness of the limits of formal economics and rational choice in addressing corruption. And as a practical guide to the numerous methods that can be used to reduce corruption, this study remains an invaluable 'standard work'.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By J L Garbanzos on August 9, 2013
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Economists have an interesting view in many subjects. Corruption can be seen as a necessary evil to grease an inefficient system. If the extra costs from corruption gets distributed in the economy in the form of consumer spending, it may not be a complete bad thing.
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6 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Quikwitt on January 30, 2003
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I read this for my own intewrest but foound its dry acedemic treatment of one of the most important, yet unacknowledged causes of human suffering and inefficiency, corruption, to be professional but uninteresting.
The book is almost entirely composed of a case study of Philippines corruption. While this is an apt and suitable case study a more comparative treatise with both personal and professional observations would be appreciated.
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