Islands of Integrity: A Database on the Good Organizations in Bad Environments

Spring 2018 Grant Recipient


Yingyao Wang (Sociology) Corruption in many governments of the developing world is considered pervasive and intractable. Yet, it is not uncommon to see corruption-free organizations were able to emerge and sustain themselves in otherwise exceedingly corrupt environments. This project aims to build a database on such "islands of integrity" across national contexts, encompassing information on the attributes and histories of the organizations and their relationships with other parts of the state. The database will be helpful for detecting shared causes and patterns of variations that underpin the extraordinary survival of the "good" organizations, and eventually contribute to advancing an organizational-level approach to corruption studies and anti-corruption practice.