Literature review on social norms and corruption



What research has been carried out about social norms and corruption? I am interested in research into any norms that may influence people’s propensity to engage in or on the contrary resist (and/or to report) corrupt transactions. Research on East Africa would be particularly welcome but please do also flag any relevant research from elsewhere.


As social norms can have an impact on people’s attitudes and actions, some anti-corruption initiatives have taken on the challenge of leveraging them – either by appealing to existing social norms or attempting to create new ones – in order to change corrupt behaviour. An illustrative selection of documented examples from the East Africa region as well as other countries in Sub-Saharan Africa helps elucidate how this can be done.


Lindner, S. Literature review on social norms and corruption. U4 Anti-Corruption Resource Centre, CMI, Bergen, Norway (2014) 8 pp. [U4 Expert Answer 2014: 01]

Literature review on social norms and corruption

Published 1 January 2014