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Anti-corruption Agencies

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Anti-Corruption Commission; Ethics committee; Integrity Commission; Watchdog agencies

Defining Anti-corruption Agencie

Anti-corruption agencies (ACAs) can be defined as a strong public (funded) bodies especially to fight against corruption and reduce the opportunity of corruption in the society through preventive and/or repressive measures. Meagher (2005, p. 70) describes ACAs as “separate, permanent agencies whose primary function is to provide centralised leadership in [such] core areas of anti-corruption activity… [as] policy analysis and technical assistance in prevention, public outreach and information, monitoring, investigation, and prosecution.” De Sousa (2010) has termed ACAs a new kind of “integrity warrior.” Due to their power and independence, integrity theory often sees ACAs as part of a fourth branch of government (Brown and Bruerton 2017). The NIS theory suggests that this watchdog over executives and other government organs is crucial for maintaining healthy...

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Sakib, N.H. (2020). Anti-corruption Agencies. In: Farazmand, A. (eds) Global Encyclopedia of Public Administration, Public Policy, and Governance. Springer, Cham.

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