Citizens’ Collective Action Against Government Corruption: Evidence from the US, Australia, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan, and Indonesia

Stream: Panel 56 - Public Policy & Social Justice: Responding to Corruption 
Date: Tuesday, 27 September 2016
Time: 4.00 pm – 5.30 pm


Do citizens pursue collective action in response to government corruption? Recent studies from corruption underline that the predominant approach in anticorruption studies over the last fifty years – the principal-agent framework – has failed to dent corruption due to a fundamental lapse in recognizing the “principled principal” problem, i.e., “honest” players in a corrupt system are affected by, rather than forebear, corrupt practices (Peiffer and Alvarez 2015: 3; Rothstein 2011: 230; Persson et al 2013: 450). These recent works stress the need to consider and investigate new approaches that pay heed to processes that bring about collective anticorruption choices, rather than the focus on creating institutions to close “loopholes” that give rise to corruption (Persson et al 2013: 453; Rothstein 2011: 232; Pfeiffer and Alvarez 2015). The paper proposed heeds these calls to ask: do citizens pursue collective anticorruption choices? Based on experiments conducted under laboratory conditions across six countries – South Korea, Taiwan, Singapore, Indonesia, the US, and Australia – the paper discusses the findings for anticorruption choices against government corruption.


Fiona Yap (Presenter), The Australian National University
O. Fiona Yap is Associate Professor at the Crawford School of Public Policy, the Australian National University. Her research is widely available through international journals, books, and chapter contributions in edited volumes. She is a board-member of the internationally-funded Korea Institute, co-editor of the European Journal of Development Research, and serve as editorial board member for a number of journals, including Asian Survey, Korea Observer journal, Asian Journal of Political Science, and 21st Century Political Science Review.