TNRC Partner Resource U4 Corruption, informality and social norms

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Corruption, informality and social norms

Social norms serve as the unwritten rules of a society. They guide and shape the informal systems that govern acceptable behaviors and social expectations. They can help explain why people participate in corrupt actions and how they interpret conservation and responsible natural resource management. This Introductory Overview from TNRC partner the U4 Anti-Corruption Resource Centre focuses on the social conditions that may promote corrupt behaviors. There is no single "norm of corruption," and the effectiveness of anti-corruption measures is highly context-specific. Programs that aim to address the negative impact of corruption on natural resource management and conservation will benefit from assessing how specific norms, values and attitudes affect corruption dynamics in a given context.

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