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.
Buying Our Way Out of Corruption: Performance-Based Incentive Bonuses for Developing Country Politicians and Bureaucrats,
Yale Hum. Rts. & Dev. L.J.
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