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SBE 2020: Submission Detail

ID Number: 96
Title: Corruption and State Fragility: A Call for a Micro-level Research Program
Lead Author: Gingerich, Daniel W.
Abstract: This white paper recommends the adoption of a research program dedicated to understanding the relationship between corruption and state fragility around the world. The program would be characterized by a micro-level, mechanism-based approach. In particular, it would concentrate on the link between experiences with or perceptions of corruption and a set of specific, individual-level activities which either erode or enhance the stability of the state. The notions of coercive voice, noncoercive voice, and exit are presented in the paper as a means by which to organize the types of behavioral reactions which corruption may induce. By framing analysis at the individual-level, the research program would represent a useful complement to the extant literature on state failure, which has principally drawn its inferences about the role of different risk factors from analyses conducted at the cross-national level. Moreover, by focusing on the behavioral consequences of corruption, the program would greatly extend existing public opinion work on the consequences of corruption, which has mostly limited itself to exploring the attitudinal implications of corruption exposure.

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