Corruption is the misuse of public money and public office for private gains. Pork barrel is misallocation of public money for political gain, and it is usually associated with geographically concentrated benefits financed by citizens at large.
This course explores competing definitions as well as causes and consequences of wasted resource allocation due to corruption and pork barrel politics. The last part of the course will be devoted to comparative cross-country case studies.
Corruption and pork barrel politics are prevalent problems in many political systems in the world. Political culture, together with institutional structures, creates incentives for or against corrupt conduct and pork barrel spending. Practitioners of politics, whether they are involved in campaign fundraising or foreign aid projects, are almost always at risk of being corrupted. When electoral institutions are poorly designed, elected officials are unlikely to get reelected without getting engaged in pork barrel politics. We will discuss methods of alleviating the problem of corruption, pork barrel politics, and the resulting distortion in policy choices.
|Gen Ed Area Dept:
|Course Format: Seminar
|Grading Mode: Graded
|Prerequisites: GOVT151 OR GOVT157
|Fulfills a Major Requirement for: None
|Past Enrollment Probability: Not Available