This includes research outputs, policy reports and other media from a number of research projects, including ANTICORRP (EU), British Academy/GCRF Sustainable Development Fund (GCRF), Developmental Leadership Program (DFAT), Global Integrity Anti-Corruption Evidence programme (FCDO), Religions & Development (DFID), among others. Outputs are set out thematically here, including:

  • Corruption functionality
  • Corruption & organised crime
  • Bribery positive outliers
  • Corruption & foreign/aid policy
  • Religion & attitudes towards corruption
  • Corruption & integrity

Corruption functionality

Corruption Functionality Framework, (with Caryn Peiffer), Global Integrity Anti-Corruption Evidence – Rethinking Corruption series, 2020.

Corruption Functionality Framework, (with Caryn Peiffer), Global Integrity Anti-Corruption Evidence – Rethinking Corruption series, 2020 – interactive version.

Thinking politically about corruption as problem-solving: a reply to Persson, Rothstein and TeorellGovernance  (with Caryn Peiffer), 32(4): 811-820, 2019.

Grappling with the “real politics” of systemic corruption: Theoretical debates versus “real-world” functions, Governance (with Caryn Peiffer), 31(3): 499-514, 2018.

Corruption and Collective Action, (with Caryn Peiffer), DLP Research Paper 32, 2015.

‘Theoretical (Mis)understanding? Applying Principal-Agent and Collective Action Theories to the Problem of Corruption in Systematically Corrupt Countries’ (with Caryn Peiffer), in Ethics in Public Policy and Management, ed. Alan Lawton, Zeger van der Wal & Leo Huberts, London: Routledge, 2015.

Corruption & organised crime

Fighting corruption during the coronavirus, guest blog for the Global Initiative Against Transnational Organised Crime

Wavering between optimism and pessimism: Covid-19, corruption and organised crime, guest blog for Controcorrente & ECPR Standing Group on Organised Crime

Targeting corruption in environmental crime and natural resource governance: How can Thinking and Working Politically help to unlock political will?, guest blog for WWF & TNRC

Written evidence to the UK House of Commons Parliamentary Accounts Committee Serious and organised crime inquiry, 17 July 2019.

Bribery positive outliers

Uganda’s health sector as a complicated outlier in bribery reduction (Caryn Peiffer, Rosita Armytage, Heather Marquette & Pius Gumisiriza), Development Policy Review, 2020 (online first). DOI:

The surprising case of police bribery reduction in South Africa (Caryn Peiffer, Heather Marquette, Rosita Armytage & Trevor Budhram), Crime, Law & Social Change, 72: 587-606, 2019. DOI:

What we found out about bribery patterns in Uganda’s health care system, (with Caryn Peiffer, Rosita Armytage), Conversation Africa

Uganda’s health sector as a ‘hidden’ positive outlier in bribery reduction, University of Birmingham Policy Brief, January 2019.

”Islands of integrity”? Reductions in bribery in Uganda and South Africa and lessons for anti-corruption policy and practice (with Caryn Peiffer), DLP Research Paper 58, 2018.

The surprising case of police bribery reduction in South Africa, (with Caryn Peiffer, Rosita Armytage & Trevor Budhram), DLP Research Paper 57, 2018.

Uganda’s health sector as a “hidden” positive outlier in bribery reduction, (with Caryn Peiffer & Rosita Armytage), DLP Research Paper 56, 2018.

What “hidden” success stories tell us about anti-corruption policy and practice, (with Caryn Peiffer), Public Administration Review blog, 22 October 2018.

Corruption & foreign/aid policy

The machinery of government and the mechanics of governance: Findings from the Uganda Governance Evidence Week, (with Peter J Evans, Alisha Patel & David Pedley), DFID Research blog.

Written evidence to the UK House of Commons International Development Committee’s Tackling Corruption Overseas inquiry, 2016.

Communication in anti-corruption work: Articulating messages to structure a communications plan, OECD-DAC, November 2014.

‘Corruption and Post-Conflict Reconstruction’ (with Laurence Cooley), in Handbook of International Security and Development, ed. Paul Jackson, Cheltenham: Edward Elgar Publishing, 2015.

Corruption Indicators in Performance Assessment Frameworks (PAFs) for Budget Support, (with Sumedh Rao), U4 Issues Paper, 2012.

Supporting Anti-Corruption Reform In Partner Countries – Concepts, Tools And Areas For Action, (with Rachel Flanary, Sumedh Rao & Dominic Morris), EuropeAid Tools & Methods Series Concept Note No. 2, 2011, available at .

Donors, State-building and Corruption: Lessons from Afghanistan and the Implications for Aid Policy, Third World Quarterly 32(10): 1871-1890, 2011.

The World Bank’s Fight Against Corruption, Brown Journal of World Affairs, XIII(II): 27-39, 2007.

Civic Education for Combating Corruption: Lessons from Hong Kong and the United States for Donor-Funded Programmes in Poor Countries, Public Administration and Development, 27(3): 239-49, 2007.

The UK, the Commonwealth and Corruption: Assessing the Potential for Joined-Up Development Assistance, (with Alan Doig), Commonwealth & Comparative Politics, 43(1): 102-128, 2005.

Corruption and Democratisation: the litmus test of international donor agency intentions?, (with Alan Doig), Futures, 37: 199-213, 2005.

The Creeping Politicisation of the World Bank: The Case of Corruption, Political Studies, 52(3): 413-30, 2004.

Drilling Down to the Detail: A Case Study into Anti-Corruption Project Records and Record-Keeping, (with Alan Doig), Crime, Law & Social Change, 41: 1-14, 2004.

Corruption, Politics and Development: The Role of the World Bank, Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2003.

Corruption, Democracy and the World Bank, Crime, Law & Social Change, 36(4): 395-407, 2001.

Corruption Eruption: Development and the International Community, Third World Quarterly, 20(6): pp. 1215-1220, 1999.

Corruption & religion

‘Religion, Ethics and Corruption: Field Evidence from India and Nigeria’ in Routledge Handbook of Political Corruption, ed. Paul Heywood, Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2015.

Religion and Attitudes Towards Corruption in India: A Collective Action Problem? (with Vinod Pavarala & Kanchan K. Malik), Development in Practice, 24(7): 854-866, 2014.

‘Corruption, Religion and Moral Development in Developing Countries’ in Handbook of Research on Development and Religion, ed. Matthew Clarke, Cheltenham: Edward Elgar Publishing, 2013.

Finding God” or “Moral Disengagement” in the Fight Against Corruption in Developing Countries? Evidence from India and Nigeria, Public Administration and Development, 32(1): 11-26, 2012.

Whither Morality? “Finding God” in the Fight Against Corruption, RaD Working Paper No. 41, 2010.

Corruption, Religion and Moral Development, RaD Working Paper No. 42, 2010.

Political Science, Religion and Development: A Literature Review, (with Gurupal Singh & Namawu Alolo Alhassan), RaD Working Paper 07, 2007.

Corruption & integrity

Integrity and integrity management in public life’, (with Paul Heywood, Caryn Peiffer & Nieves Zúñiga, ANTICORRP Report D11.4, 2017.  

What can Line of Duty tell us about corruption?, University of Birmingham College of Social Sciences blog.