Using Systems Thinking to Understand and Address Corruption in the Criminal Justice System in Fragile States

Corruption as a System

By Cheyanne Scharbatke-Church and Diana Chigas

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Cheyanne Scharbatke-Church and Diana Chigas have contributed this insightful analysis to the book Corruption, Social Sciences and the Law: Exploration Across the Disciplines, recently published by Routledge.


This chapter contends that one reason for this disappointing record is that anti-corruption programming is derived from analytical frameworks and approaches to program development that are ill-suited to the complex and adaptive nature of corruption, especially in fragile and conflict-affected states.


It outlines a new way of analyzing corruption using systems thinking tools which capture this complexity. It goes on to highlight the key features of the systems analysis process.


The chapter concludes with a few insights into the process along with the phenomena of corruption gained from three case studies in the criminal justice sector (CJS) in Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), Uganda and Central African Republic (CAR).