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Existing and promising theoretical approaches to understanding ICTs contribution to anti-corruption efforts: A Literature Review
Uppsala University, Uppsala, Sweden.
Örebro University, Örebro University School of Business. (Informatik)ORCID iD: 0000-0003-1076-3442
2019 (English)In: Electronic Governance and Open Society: Challenges in Eurasia 2019 / [ed] Dmitrii Trutnev, 2019Conference paper, Published paper (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

Two theories, often presented as bifurcated, dominate attempts to understand corruption in the social sciences: collective action and principal-agent. Both theories seek to ex-plain when and why corruption happens, as well as how it can be addressed. With the ICT4D field often criticized for being undertheorized, the following study explores which theories are drawn upon to understand ICTs as an anticorruption tool in developing countries. Through a literature review of 20 years of IS and ICT4D research the study analyses 19 peer reviewed journal articles’ theoretical under-pinning together with methodology and theoretical contributions. The results find that even if a few studies declare some, often only cursory, theoretical underpinnings and influences, they in-fallibly fail to present a theoretically informed analytical framework detailing ICTs contribution to anti-corruption, or the lack thereof. Furthermore, with most of the papers containing no theoretical references, the field is still clearly struggling with theory. The article discusses the benefits with appropriating theory, such as principle-agent and collective action as well as more critical approaches to un-pack ICTs contribution to anti-corruption efforts.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2019.
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Communications in Computer and Information Science (CCIS)
Keywords [en]
Corruption, Principle-agent theory, Collective action theory, ICTs, Anti-corruption efforts
National Category
Information Systems, Social aspects
Research subject
Informatics
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URN: urn:nbn:se:oru:diva-78877OAI: oai:DiVA.org:oru-78877DiVA, id: diva2:1382913
Conference
6th International Conference “Electronic Governance and Open Society: Challenges in Eurasia”(EGOSE 2019), St. Petersburg, Russia, November 13-15, 2019
Available from: 2020-01-07 Created: 2020-01-07 Last updated: 2020-01-30Bibliographically approved

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