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This Anti-Corruption Helpdesk brief was produced in response to a query from the European Commission. The Anti-Corruption Helpdesk is operated by Transparency International and funded by the European Union


Could you outline the findings from the literature on the links between corruption and the dominance of one political party?


  1. Corruption and single party dominance: overview
  2. Corruption, party dominance and party systems
  3. Corruption and democracy
  4. References


This answer provides a review of the main studies related to one-party dominance and corruption. Different conceptual and theoretical schools have studied the relationship between democracy, political competition and corruption, leading to rather diverse findings. A selection of key studies is presented below in an effort to provide a snapshot of the different strands of relevant research relating to this issue.


José María Marin, Transparency International [email protected]


Marie Chêne, Transparency InternationalFinn Heinrich, Ph D, Transparency International




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