What is the “Anti-corruption” Norm in Global Politics?

Norm Robustness and Contestation in the Transnational Governance of Corruption
  • Ellen Gutterman
  • Mathis Lohaus
Part of the Political Corruption and Governance book series (PCG)


In their investigation of anti-corruption at the global level, Gutterman and Lohaus address the robustness of the norm and instances of contestation. Judging by United Nations Convention Against Corruption (UNCAC)’s wide ratification, public opinion, and the spread of anti-corruption laws, the norm is very robust. Yet low levels of compliance and mixed reactions to norm violations raise some doubts about its impact. Anti-corruption is particularly contested in three dimensions: First, it clashes with notions of sovereignty. Second, developing states in particular engage in applicatory contestation as they criticize corruption measurements and conflicts with local norms. Peer review in the United Nations also raises concerns. As a third point of contestation, the chapter addresses the evolution of anti-corruption advocacy, now that activists seek to broaden the norm beyond its relatively narrow, transactional focus on bribery.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Ellen Gutterman
    • 1
  • Mathis Lohaus
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Political ScienceGlendon College, York UniversityTorontoCanada
  2. 2.Department of Political Science and Communication StudiesUniversity of GreifswaldGreifswaldGermany

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