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60 Crime L. & Soc. Change 147 (2013)
The limitations of neoliberal logic in the anti-corruption industry: Lessons from Papua New Guinea

handle is hein.journals/crmlsc60 and id is 147 raw text is: Crime Law Soc Change (2013) 60:147-164
DOI 10.1007/s10611-013-9450-1
The limitations of neoliberal logic in the anti-corruption
industry: Lessons from Papua New Guinea
Grant W. Walton
Published online: 26 May 2013
© Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht 2013
Abstract To acknowledge concerns about the rising power of the private sector, key
international anti-corruption organisations have supported initiatives that emphasise
the role that businesses play in corruption. Yet the way these initiatives have impacted
the practices and perceptions of anti-corruption organisations in developing countries
has received scant attention. As businesses can be key perpetrators of corruption,
understanding the way anti-corruption organisations respond to the private sector can
highlight the efficacy of anti-corruption efforts. Drawing on interviews with anti-
corruption policy makers in Papua New Guinea (PNG) conducted between 2008 and
2009, this article shows how two international anti-corruption organisations per-
ceived and worked with the private sector. It finds that there have been some
initiatives designed to address, and raise awareness about private sector corruption
in the country, reflecting international trends. At the same time the private sector is
viewed, often uncritically, as an anti-corruption champion; this has affected the way
anti-corruption organisations engage with businesses operating in the country. This
article argues that despite a change in international discourse about the private
sector's role in corruption, in developing countries like PNG, neoliberal logic about
the nature of the state still guide anti-corruption activity. These findings have
implications for the efficacy of international anti-corruption efforts.
The way scholars and practitioners conceptualise the private sector's role in corrup-
tion, and the fight against it, has substantially changed over the past two decades. In
G. W. Walton
Development Policy Centre, Australian National University, Acton, Australia
G. W. Walton (E)
Crawford School of Public Policy, Australian National University, J.G. Crawford Building (Bld 132),
Canberra, ACT 0200, Australia
e-mail: walton.grant@gmail.com

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