From deep North to global governance exemplar : Fitzgerald's impact on the International Anti-corruption Movement

Sampford, Charles (2009) From deep North to global governance exemplar : Fitzgerald's impact on the International Anti-corruption Movement. In Australian Public Sector Anti-corruption Conference : Taking Responsibility Fighting Corruption, 28-31 July 2009, Sofitel Hotel, Brisbane, Qld. (Unpublished)

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In pre-Fitzgerald Queensland, the existence of corruption was widely known but its extent and modes of operation were not fully evident. The Fitzgerald Report identified the need for reform of the structure, procedures and efficiency in public administration in Queensland. What was most striking in the Queensland reform process was that a new model for combating corruption had been developed. Rather than rely upon a single law and a single institution, existing institutions were strengthened and new institutions were instituted to create a set of mutually supporting and mutually checking institutions, agencies and laws that jointly sought to improve governmental standards and combat corruption. Some of the reforms were either unique to Queensland or very rare. One of the strengths of this approach was that it avoided creating a single overarching institution to fight corruption. There are many powerful opponents of reform. Influential institutions and individuals resist any interference with their privileges. In order to cause a mass exodus from an entrenched corruption system, a seminal event or defining process is needed to alter expectations and incentives that are sufficient to encourage significant numbers of individuals to desert the corruption system and assist the integrity system in exposing and destroying it. The Fitzgerald Inquiry was such an event. The article also briefly addresses methods for destroying national corruption system where they emerge and exist.

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ID Code: 43368
Item Type: Conference Item (Keynote)
Refereed: No
Keywords: anti-corruption, Fitzgerald Inquiry, Queensland Government
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY (160000) > POLICY AND ADMINISTRATION (160500)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Law
Current > Research Centres > Law and Justice Research Centre
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2009 Charles Sampford
Deposited On: 19 Jul 2011 22:35
Last Modified: 23 Jul 2011 16:33

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