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Today's Big Idea: How To Stamp Out Corruption

The Big Idea for Monday, April 09, 2012

How does political corruption actually start? And more importantly, how can we make it go away?Today, we learn about power and corruption from three fledging societies making headlines: Myanmar, Russia and Africa. 

Myanmar is a poor country with a GDP of $51 billion dollars and Russia is wealthy, with an economic output of $1.5 trillion. The continent of Africa falls somewhere in between at about $1 trillion. Yet all three resource-rich regions are mired in political cronyism. If financial wherewithal and natural resources can't do away with corruption, is it possible that it could be part of the problem? Experts who spoke to Big Think offers their insight about what fosters corruption and how each society can work to do away with it.

Myanmar and Russia may be a world apart, but experts say that they have one thing in common: In order for these countries to truly prosper, they both need new leaders who will work tirelessly to stamp out corruption.


  1. 1 Myanmar's Long Road To Reform
    An Phung Think Tank
  2. 2 Dmitry Medvedev's Corruption Crusade
    An Phung Think Tank
  3. 3 Dissecting Corruption in Africa
    Dambisa Moyo
  4. 4 Bruce Bueno de Mesquita: Power Corrupts, Corruption Empowers
    Jonathan Fowler and Elizabeth Rodd Big Think TV

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