Good governance and sound policy are under continuous threat from political corruption. No country is totally free of it. This week’s guest, Elizabeth David-Barrett, has made this area her specialty and discusses with Charles not only the different forms it can take, but also various anti-corruption “counter-measures” in areas ranging from political donations, ministerial diaries, and lobbying to the “revolving door” between public office and business.
Elizabeth has recently made a special study of the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative, which aims to reduce bribery by mining and oil and gas companies in their dealings with the governments of resource-rich countries. Here she describes how even countries with a history of serious corruption can be motivated to sign up. Elizabeth lectures at the University of Sussex, and has prepared reports on corruption issues in the UK for Transparency International.