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Jaime Mogollón Michilot

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How we can fight the corruption in developing nations?

In most of this nation, corruption have an economic and social dimension. What we can do for decrease the corruption. Mr. Mather have an interesting solution. What do you think?


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  • Oct 10 2013: It seems to me that this whole question is based on the idea that corruption is localized. I would argue, however, that it is anything but this. In a globalized (or at least globalizing) world, nothing, particularly not something as complex as corruption, can be conceived of so simply. Perhaps, in order to actually answer the question, I ought to break it down into two related questions: what can those of us in the developed world do to combat this corruption and what can the developing world do? (I really loathe the terminology I feel forced to use there, and will likely fall into the trap of again, and wish to clarify that if it reads, in any way, as paternalistic, it was far from my intent.) So, dealing with those in order, those of us on the outside can help by being insistent in our lack of support for such practices. I don't mean simply saying that we do not approve of them; what I am suggesting is something larger and actual. It seems to me that a good bit of the desire (or the incentive) to be corrupt comes from external influences, particularly economic ones. What those of us in the developed world ought to do, if we are serious about combating corruption, is get out of the way of local leaders and local developments, as fully as possible without doing undue damage to the population as a whole. However, this is only half of the coin. Local efforts must be made too (and this is surely not limited to the developing world, the lack of wide-spread active resistance to campaign financing practices in the United States also serves to express it). The historical solution has been, eventually, revolution. I am unsure that this is the most applicable or productive solution today. Refusal is a good option, though perhaps ineffective. The best option, though nearly impossible, is perhaps total economic restructuring and a full separation of economic powers and governing powers.

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