This edited volume explores and evaluates the roles of corruption in post-conflict peacebuilding.

The problem of corruption has become increasingly important in war to peace transitions, eroding confidence in new democratic institutions, undermining economic development, diverting scarce public resources, and reducing the delivery of vital social services. Conflict-affected countries offer an ideal environment for pervasive corruption. Their weak administrative institutions and fragile legal and judicial systems mean that they lack the capacity to effectively investigate and punish corrupt behaviour. In addition, the sudden inflow of donor aid into post-conflict countries and the desire of peacebuilding actors (including the UN, the international financial institutions, aid agencies, and non-governmental organisations) to disburse these funds quickly, create incentives and opportunities for corruption.

While corruption imposes costs and compromises on peacebuilding efforts, opportunities for exploiting public office can also be used to entice armed groups into signing peace agreements, thus stabilising post-war environments. This book explores the different functions of corruption both conceptually and through the lens of a wide range of case studies. It also examines the impact of key anti-corruption policies on peacebuilding environments. The dynamics that shape the relationship between corruption and the political and economic developments in post-conflict countries are complex. This analysis highlights that fighting corruption is only one of several important peacebuilding objectives, and that due consideration must be given to the specific social and political context in considering how a sustainable peace can be achieved.

This book will be of great interest to students of peacekeeping and peacebuilding, criminology, political economy, war and conflict studies, international security and IR.

chapter 1|25 pages

Selling the peace?

Corruption and post-conflict peacebuilding

part 1|70 pages

Corruption and peacebuilding: concepts and questions

chapter 3|16 pages

Corruption and government

chapter 4|18 pages

Corrupting peace?

Corruption, peacebuilding and reconstruction

chapter 5|17 pages

Aiding the state or aiding corruption?

Aid and corruption in post-conflict countries

part 2|102 pages

Case studies

chapter 7|12 pages

From ownership to imposition

The process of creating a legally accountable Bosnian judiciary

chapter 8|18 pages

Anti-corruption efforts in Liberia

Are they aimed at the right targets?

chapter 9|18 pages

Corrupting or consolidating the peace?

The drug economy and post-conflict peacebuilding in Afghanistan

chapter 10|18 pages

Reconstruction and peacebuilding under extreme adversity

The problem of pervasive corruption in Iraq

part 3|58 pages

Anti-corruption measures in peacebuilding contexts