Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin - Berlin Graduate School of Social Sciences (BGSS)

Denisse Maria Rodriguez Olivari

Denisse Maria Rodriguez Olivari

BGSS Generation 2016



Explaining the gap between perceptions and experiences of corruption: Evidence from the Peruvian case





Denisse Rodriguez Olivari is a doctoral researcher at the Berlin Graduate School of Social Sciences funded by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD). She holds a master in International Development with a specialisation in Politics and Governance from the University of Manchester, and a Bsc in Political Science and Government from the Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú with undergraduate studies at Sciences Po, Paris. She also completed a postgraduate certificate from the London School of Economics while participating in the Hansard Research Scholar Programme.
Her doctoral project takes a dimensional approach on corruption - perceptions and experiences – to shed light on how anti-corruption efforts work in younger democracies.  By using evidence from Peru, she seeks to examine why the fight against corruption – while decreasing experiences of corruption – does not have an apparent impact on levels of perceived corruption. Controlling perceived corruption is particularly important because it might involuntarily increase corruption.

Researching the effects of perceived corruption challenges conventional wisdom in Western liberal democracies. Outcomes in younger democracies are rather nuanced because of political framing of prosecutions, media ownership, and tolerance towards corruption, among others. Since curbing corruption is not merely technical, there are grounds for analysing political factors impacting on the implementation of anti-corruption policies. Overall, critically examining the universal applicability of policy prescriptions while providing evidence from younger democracies results in more context-sensitive, politically engaged anti-corruption initiatives.


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