The influence of civil society organizations on the extent of corruption in the private sector: case of transparency international

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2017-11-29
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Alves, Mário Aquino
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Corruption is widespread in developed countries and emerging countries alike, both in the public and private sector, and corrupt activities have become embedded within daily routines for too many companies and government branches worldwide. Over the past few decades, corruption has stopped being considered as a taboo and most of people on earth now agree with the founder of the well-known organization Transparency International (TI), Peter Eigen, on the fact that corruption is ‘undermining everything’ (Eigen, 2010) and urgently needs to be fought back. The challenge faced by civil society organizations or any actor fighting corruption today is new: finding a way to rectify an already corrupt system where corruption has become normative. It is about inducing organizational change, working towards a context where change is more likely to occur. The objective of this paper is to examine civil society organizations’ actions to understand whether and how it is possible to bring about change within organizations to get them rid of corruption. It focuses on TI, which leads the fight against corruption worldwide and calls itself a body that strives to ‘stir the world’s collective conscience and bring about change’ (TI, 2016).


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