Curtailing Corruption Opinions

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Curtailing Corruption is a hopeful book—showing how citizen engagement can produce real reform. It is also a practical book—explaining how mobilization happens and groups strategize. Its lessons ought to be learned by reformers worldwide. Positive change will not occur without patience, persistence, organization, and a willingness to take risks. There are no quick fixes.” — Susan Rose-Ackerman, Yale University 


“[Beyerle establishes] a solid base of evidence that citizen-led engagement can reduce corruption, improve accountability, and build more honest government.... Thanks to the clarity of case studies, the writing style of the author and her practical recommendations, this book is recommended reading for everyone seeking to invest in citizen-led anti-corruption efforts.” - Joy Saunders, The World Today (Chatham House)


“Beyerle’s Curtailing Corruption is far and away the best book on people power movements against corruption. Well-researched, well-written, and inspiring!” - Erica Chenoweth, Josef Korbel School of International Studies, University of Denver


“This well researched, perceptive book constructs an important international discourse on governance. Democracy has come of age with right-to-information and anticorruption movements in the global south. Shaazka Beyerle demonstrates that, in unpacking centers of power, transparency ensures accountability in governance.” — Aruna Roy, cofounder of India’s Right to Information movement and Ramon Magsaysay Award laureate


“An insightful and very timely book for the global anticorruption community, examining the power of people taking social and corruption issues into their own hands.” — Roberto Perez Rocha, Transparency International


“A welcome tonic, one guaranteed to give even the most hard-bitten, cynical anticorruption fighter a lift.” — Rick Messick, The Global Anticorruption Blog


“A rare work with insights for generations to come. When, as Beyerle writes, ‘citizens join in raising their voices and use their collective power to fight corruption,’ the countries of Africa and indeed most countries will be free.” — Hauwa Ibrahim, human rights lawyer and Sakharov Prize laureate


"This is a truly engaging and fascinating read with a serious, novel take on the expansive corruption literature. The inclusion of international consequences, the role of the global community, and policy-relevant suggestions based on real case evidence and history rather than mere ethical ideals or logical necessities make this work particularly useful.  It is theoretically sound and empirically relevant, giving voice to communities that have long been important in the fight against corruption but for some reason have never been the exclusive focus of systematic analysis.  The cases and evidence are expansive, diverse, and interesting.  The writing style is accessible and compelling. - M. D. Crosston, Bellevue University, Choice (Association of Collage and Research Libraries) 


"The lesson from Curtailing Corruption is that citizen action can be a powerful force anywhere. There is much to be learned from this pioneering book.” — Brian Martin, openDemocracy


“Outstanding.... Beyerle has done groundbreaking work. Making use of the latest and most robust research, as well as her own on-site case studies, she makes a unique, innovative contribution to the literature.” — Tom Hastings, Portland State University


“Extremely valuable ... fills a major hole in the research on nonviolent action and civil resistance. This should become a major (possibly landmark) resource for all of us interested in the subject.” — Cynthia Boaz, Sonoma State University


"Across a diverse set of the cases, Beyerle shows regular citizens moving “from resignation to action,” and succeeding in their struggles against corruption in the process." — Elena Volkava, Waging Nonviolence