The Politics of Transnational Accountability Policies and the (Re)construction of Corruption: The Case of Tunisia, Transparency International and the World Bank

Jonathan Murphy, Oana Brindusa Albu

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This study explores the intersection between accountability policies and anti-corruption measures. Transnational actors define acceptable governance and implement accountability policies on the assumption that corruption is a problem endemic to developing countries. Such accountability policies influence and help constitute transnational geographic and social spaces. However, the impacts of such assumptions and the resultant policies on developing countries and their citizens have not been widely investigated. This study uses a critical discourse analysis of the case of Tunisia before and after its 2011 revolution, to explore the politics and vested interests specific to anti-corruption policies promoted by transnational actors. The study's contribution is twofold: Firstly, we identify the highly fungible character of the emanant cycles of Western-driven corruption discourses, and indicate their consequences in Tunisia. Secondly, we propose a future research agenda towards non-exploitative anti-corruption and accountability policies.

Original languageEnglish
JournalAccounting Forum
Issue number1
Pages (from-to)32-46
Number of pages15
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2018
Externally publishedYes

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