Fighting corruption at the subnational level: Risks and opportunities in devolved states

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Over the past few decades, several sovereign governments have begun a trend towards devolution. Corruption issues at the subnational level may surface for a number of reasons. Read why.

As governments have progressively shifted to subnational government entities, citizens have benefited from increased access to leadership authorities. In order to provide more effective leadership, the need for implementation of anti-corruption controls is becoming increasingly apparent. These tools and principles focus on building or strengthening the supporting institutions that will enable the country to optimize gains from devolution. In addition to addressing institutional architecture, several of these recommendations focus on creating an environment that engages citizens as true partners in governance, as they offer key opportunities to mitigate potential corruption in devolved states.