The effects of corruption in Iraq

This short video explores the pernicious effects of politically sanctioned corruption on governance in Iraq, and why it is the key barrier to reform.

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Published 25 June 2021 4 minute watch

Politically sanctioned corruption and barriers to reform in Iraq

— This short video explores the pernicious effects of politically sanctioned corruption on governance in Iraq, and why it is the key barrier to reform.

The post-2003 power-sharing arrangement in Iraq was designed to ensure communal stability, but instead has sustained an elite pact in which political parties capture and compromise the formal state institutions.

Without a fundamental grasp of the dynamics of power across the whole Iraqi system and a coherent effort to make the civil service more accountable, any local or national reform effort will not succeed.

This video is with the authors of the research paper Politically sanctioned corruption and barriers to reform in Iraq.