About Our Work
Why do citizens take action against corruption — when they do? What are the factors citizens weigh before they decide to engage in a particular mechanism? Is there a difference between what citizens consider to be ‘viable’, perhaps based on the type of problem they are trying to solve? To what degree do context factors influence individual decision-making? And how might organizations who are successful at providing particular mechanisms have taken account of the context?
Together with Transparency International, we are following a positive outlier research approach to unpack the factors that determine why and how citizens choose to take action against corruption. We hypothesize that an individual’s decision to act can be analyzed as a consequence of a series of decisions – a pathway – that begins with a grievance and undergoes a series of granular decision-making steps until a mechanism is triggered. We furthermore suspect that sustaining engagement will likewise depend on continuous cost-benefit calculation by citizens but include additional factors worthwhile to unpack.
The objective of this “Doing Anti-Corruption Differently” research piece — characterized by a series of deductive and inductive steps, including by conducting a literature review, building a model and engaging in on-the-ground fieldwork in Tunisia and Georgia — is to support the TI-Secretariat and front-line organizations around the world to better understand how and why citizen engagement works when and where it does.