Low Levels of Corruption


The Pillars of Peace is a research framework produced by the Institute for Economics and Peace to describe what makes a society peaceful. Low Levels of Corruption is one of the eight “pillars” identified by the research.

Corruption describes the abuse of a position to gain undue advantage. This might occur through a range of channels, such as through government, business or community relationships.

Corruption may also result in the generation of wider community tensions, thereby undermining peaceful relations. Importantly, this can occur through a range of mechanisms such as fuelling grievances in response to resources being used for the benefit of a privileged minority, impeding economic growth, or through too few resources being invested in areas which encourage peace, such as education.

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