Arrested DevelopmentIssue: Nov-Dec 2007
IN THE last 15 years, there has been growing recognition that corruption-including bribery, extortion and misappropriation-has a particularly insidious impact on developing nations. It distorts markets and competition, breeds cynicism among citizens, stymies the rule of law, damages government legitimacy and corrodes the integrity of the private sector. It is a significant obstacle to development and poverty reduction. It also helps perpetuate failed and failing states, which are incubators of terrorism, the narcotics trade, money laundering, human trafficking and other types of global crime. Despite strong reasons for addressing these issues, the developed world's efforts to stop emerging market bribery by its own corporations have been uneven at best.