Martin Skladany


This Article argues for the establishment of performance-based financial

incentive programs in developing countries that would pay politicians

and high-level bureaucrats substantial bonuses (ten to twenty times or

more of their official yearly salaries) to reduce corruption within their

countries. These incentive programs would turn the weapon of greed back

on itself by aligning the motivations of politicians and bureaucrats with

the stated goals of government and the desires and will of citizens.

Paying corrupt public officials to stop stealing may seem distasteful, but

the problems that developing countries face and yet cannot overcome

because of systemic corruption are staggering and have been largely

resistant to other anticorruption strategies. By simply altering the source

of funds to public servants, performance-based incentive programs for

developing country politicians and high-level bureaucrats can, over the

long run, create a culture of clean governance conducive to sustained

economic growth and can make all aspects of development, such as

improving infrastructure, education, and health care, more manageable.