“This book effectively analyses the characteristics and effects of building anticorruption provisions into negotiated settlements in post civil war situations.”
Jens Andvig, Research Professor, Department of International Economics, Norwegian Institute of International Affairs

“The enduring prevalence of corruption in conflict-affected countries is frequently bemoaned, but rarely addressed in ways that lead to its reduction. Bert Spector’s Negotiating Peace and Confronting Corruption fills this gap with a cogent analysis that connects symptoms to causes of corruption, and recommends paying attention to corruption as an integral component of negotiating peace and mitigating conflict.  Through a comparative analysis of six cases, the author illustrates lessons learned related to reducing corruption and improving governance, and provides practical advice on how to incorporate anticorruption measures into peace accords and improve the prospects for successful implementation.”
Derick W. Brinkerhoff, Distinguished Fellow in International Public Management, RTI International

“Most contemporary anticorruption strategies employ the language and symbolism of struggle, and emphasize law enforcement and punishment. Yet many of the worst corruption problems arise in postconflict societies, where institutions are weak and trust is fragile—at best. In those settings confrontational reforms are unlikely to be credible, and may well make matters worse for citizens who have suffered much already. In this book, Bertram Spector lays out constructive and useful anticorruption alternatives based on careful analyses of tough cases. Negotiation can build trust and encourage the development of incentives and consensual standards that can not only check the abuse of power but also contribute to peacebuilding and reconstruction. Reformers in many places will look at their challenges differently, and in more constructive ways, once they have considered the lessons Spector develops in these pages.”
Michael Johnston, Colgate University

“This volume is a very important piece of work that demonstrates that anticorruption measures need to be introduced early enough alongside other provisions for good governance to achieve results.”
Diana Klein, International Alert

“Bert Spector has written an extremely useful study, conceptually focused and framed in its analysis, and most pertinent for bringing conflicted states back into responsible governance. His cases studies are concise and comprehensive and his conclusions are sharp and insightful for practitioners and analysts. A most excellent and unusual treatment of corruption and, better yet, how to handle it.”
I. William Zartman, Jacob Blaustein Professor Emeritus of International Organization and Conflict Resolution, Johns Hopkins


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By: Susan Stigant; Elizabeth Murray

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