Parliaments and corruption

Funding body

BA DFID Anti-Corruption Evidence Programme


Principal Investigator: Professor Frederick Stapenhurst (Université Laval). Co-applicants: Anthony Staddon (University of Westminster); Dr Louis Imbeau (Université Laval).

Award Value



This project will address the scarcity of research at the country level on the impact of parliamentary oversight when it comes to curbing corruption.

It is widely recognized that corruption hinders development. Over the past decade, a growing body of research at the global and regional levels, including by members of this project’s research team, has demonstrated that parliamentary oversight is an important determinant of corruption and that effective oversight of public expenditure is an essential component of national anti-corruption strategies and programs. However, little research has been undertaken at the country level regarding how parliamentary oversight is undertaken, which oversight mechanisms are effective or how national parliaments interact with other anti- corruption stakeholders.

This project will address the gap in existing knowledge and, especially, will develop practical policy advice for parliaments themselves and for anti-corruption assistance agencies such as the World Bank and DFID. Using and updating our existing database, we will undertake new large scale, quantitative analyses to identify the mechanisms through which institutional arrangements impact on corruption. We will then develop a case-study framework aimed at empirically verifying the working of these mechanisms. Countries to be examined are: Ghana, Nigeria, Kenya, Tanzania, and two of Myanmar, Cambodia, or the Caribbean region.

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