There is a battle happening in Traditional and Social Media right now. A battle for your mind. The battles attempt to define the reality of what is happening in Gaza and in Ukraine. Victory will go to the side that successfully convinces us what to believe is the “truth” in these countries. This same […]
One way or another, most of us work in anti-corruption. As part of law enforcement, as government employees, as members of the private sector, community groups and even in families – at one time or another, almost all of us are involved in trying to make things better.
My own journey in anti-corruption is not very different from your own in that it has been driven by the urge to help make things better. Continue reading “Most of Us Work in Anti-Corruption”
Punishment as a Behavior Modifier
If you read this blog, you know that I focus heavily on prevention of corruption and decay of organizations over investigation and prosecution. I believe that investigation and prosecution are critically important, but are fundamentally incomplete as anti-corruption tools.
He knows his presence frightens some people into proper behavior. But mostly it does not. The traffic policeman, from his point of view, comes to believe that nothing can be done about traffic violations. By and large, we share his view. Continue reading “Punishment, Whistle Blowers and Anti-Corruption”
Excuse me? You’ll do what?
If you work internationally, you will invariably find that people don’t understand the FCPA, and don’t understand what they are asking. I’ve heard it for matters as small as a “cup of tea” in Kenya and a “cup of coffee” in Albania.
I’ve also heard it in blunt and large terms as I quoted above from an actual conversation. Continue reading “Tales from the Wild: “You give me 30% and I’ll make sure our government partners get their share.””
The Highest form of generalship is to balk the enemy’s plan. Sun Tzu
The key idea in corruption prevention is . . . prevention. To stop something from happening before it can occur. Indeed, prevention is the heart of “anti-corruption.” This is discussed further in Gradients of Anti-Corruption and is depicted in the graphic above.
The Gradients are:
Most corruption is well beyond “simple” violations of the law. Corruption is the action of process of decay of something. Criminal forms of corruption are violations of the written laws.
Other forms of corruption erode away the foundations of the social agreements we make about how society should function. For example, in the photo above, there are cars parked all over the sidewalks, and people are forced to walk in the streets. This happens in many countries and cities around the world and creates a tsunami of small obstacles for pubic policy makers that are trying to build economies. Continue reading “Decay of Social Agreements”
Originally posted on FCPA Compliance and Ethics Blog:
Yesterday, June 15 was Father’s Day so for all us fathers out there, it was our day and I hope that you enjoyed and cherished it. It was also the anniversary of what I believe was one of the greatest achievements in Anglo jurisprudence, the signing of…