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Consolidation and Corruption: The Effect of IGO Membership on Level of Corruption in Emerging Democracies

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The proliferation of intergovernmental organizations (IGOs) over the past half century has gained much attention from scholars, with increasing attention directed to the domestic impact of IGO membership. Recent work demonstrates that membership in intergovernmental organizations with a high proportion of democracies increases the likelihood of democratic survival and increases levels of democracy in member states. To gain a better understanding of democratic consolidation and its processes, it is useful to disaggregate the concept into its component parts, one such component being the level of perceived corruption. High levels of democracy are correlated with decreasing levels of corruption, and since IGO membership may have an effect on level of democracy, the question arises as to whether it also affects corruption. This paper explores the relationship between IGO membership, a state’s political and economic systems, and corruption. The main hypothesis is that IGOs exert direct and indirect influence over member states by way of the formalized rules and requirements of membership and by serving as a conduit for information, thereby affecting their level of democracy, economic performance, and level of corruption. The analysis includes all 133 countries for which data on these variables are available and covers the period 1982-1999. Time-series cross-section analysis using OLS regression with panel-corrected standard errors provides evidence of a statistically significant relationship between membership in democracy dominant IGOs and levels of perceived corruption in their member states.

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Walker, Gloria. "Consolidation and Corruption: The Effect of IGO Membership on Level of Corruption in Emerging Democracies" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Political Science Association, Hilton Chicago and the Palmer House Hilton, Chicago, IL, Sep 02, 2004 <Not Available>. 2009-05-26 <http://www.allacademic.com/meta/p61398_index.html>

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Walker, G. , 2004-09-02 "Consolidation and Corruption: The Effect of IGO Membership on Level of Corruption in Emerging Democracies" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Political Science Association, Hilton Chicago and the Palmer House Hilton, Chicago, IL Online <.PDF>. 2009-05-26 from http://www.allacademic.com/meta/p61398_index.html

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Abstract: The proliferation of intergovernmental organizations (IGOs) over the past half century has gained much attention from scholars, with increasing attention directed to the domestic impact of IGO membership. Recent work demonstrates that membership in intergovernmental organizations with a high proportion of democracies increases the likelihood of democratic survival and increases levels of democracy in member states. To gain a better understanding of democratic consolidation and its processes, it is useful to disaggregate the concept into its component parts, one such component being the level of perceived corruption. High levels of democracy are correlated with decreasing levels of corruption, and since IGO membership may have an effect on level of democracy, the question arises as to whether it also affects corruption. This paper explores the relationship between IGO membership, a state’s political and economic systems, and corruption. The main hypothesis is that IGOs exert direct and indirect influence over member states by way of the formalized rules and requirements of membership and by serving as a conduit for information, thereby affecting their level of democracy, economic performance, and level of corruption. The analysis includes all 133 countries for which data on these variables are available and covers the period 1982-1999. Time-series cross-section analysis using OLS regression with panel-corrected standard errors provides evidence of a statistically significant relationship between membership in democracy dominant IGOs and levels of perceived corruption in their member states.

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Corruption and Consolidation: The Effect of IGO Membership on Level of Corruption in Emerging Democracies Gloria C. Walker University of California Davis Department of Political Science gcwalker@ucdavis.edu Abstract The proliferation of intergovernmental organizations (IGOs) over the past half century has gained much attention from scholars with increasing attention directed to the domestic impact of IGO membership. Recent work demonstrates that membership in intergovernmental organizations with a high proportion of democracies increases the likelihood of democratic survival and increases levels
of Public Economics 76: 399-457. Tsalicoglou Iacovos S. 1995. Negotiating for Entry: The Accession of Greece to the European Community. Aldershot: Dartmouth Publishing Company. Walker Gloria C. 2003. Beyond Survival: Regional Ties and the Level of Democratic Consolidation. Paper read at Annual Meeting of the Midwest Political Science Association at Chicago IL. Walker Gloria C. In progress. Connections Matter: Regional Ties and the Level of Democratic Consolidation Department of Political Science University of California Davis. Whitehead Laurence. 1996. The


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