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Blavatnik School of Government

Integrity and Values in Government Programme

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The Blavatnik School of Government is committed to promoting excellence in government through professional training. As part of this commitment the Blavatnik School runs a three-day programme: “Integrity and Values in Government.” Participants are individuals who intend to run for public office. They are also joined by a selected number of alumni from the School’s Master of Public Policy programme who have been involved in campaigns or are elected officials.

The programme is led by senior academics from the School, alongside practitioners experienced in campaigning who will facilitate participants to reflect and critically evaluate the moral commitments that inform public policy. They will explore individual and structural factors that can lead to systemic corruption and what can be done to counter these and build integrity in the field of political campaigning. Programme participants will complete a pre-programme assignment, attend keynote lectures, and work on specific cases studies and problem solving in smaller groups.

Topics covered by the programme include:

  • the ethics of integrity;
  • concepts of integrity and corruption;
  • how to strengthen integrity during a political campaign; and
  • practitioners’ insights into campaigning.

The three days also provide various networking opportunities for the participants and a chance to visit some of the landmark sights in Oxford.

Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy

Corruption and Integrity: an Analysis and Understanding of Contemporary Issues

Next dates

Jan 13—16, 2020
4 days
SGD 4050 ≈USD 2923
SGD 1012 per day


Corruption damages government and it damages business. Globally corruption is big business and big politics. Corruption is estimated to cost 5% of global GDP (about USD $3 trillion): about $1 trillion per year is paid in in bribes; unscrupulous political leaders skim about $40 billion per year, and corruption adds up to about 10 per cent of the total cost of doing business globally.

Corruption is the trading of entrusted authority for personal gain, which distorts the making of public policy or the implementation of public policy. Corruption follows opportunity. Among other things corruption hampers economic performance, discourages investment, reduces tax revenue, distorts services, damages the environment, weakens judicial integrity and the rule of law. The effect of corruption is that it diminishes the quality of life, fosters inefficient public administration and very importantly, diminishes trust.

Corruption exists in both rich and poor countries, but the dynamics are very different.

This course will delve into these issues as well as introduce participants to the analysis of corruption, and through the use of examples provide the skills to classify and understand different types of corruption. This material will help to lay the foundations for more in-depth responses to corruption and the building of integrity in different contexts. Following on from understanding and analysing corruption the course focuses on prevention and responding when corruption is present.


The focus of this course will be on two dimensions.

First it will introduce participants to the systematic study of corruption, and second, it will introduce students to the processes involved in building integrity in organisations.

Through the use of examples it will provide the skills to classify and understand different types of corruption. This material will help to lay the foundations for more in-depth analysis so that participants will have an understanding of what is involved in preventing and responding to corruption.

Building integrity is more than the mere absence of corruption, and the focus here will be on instruments, processes and structures to develop organisations in which integrity is the norm, and not some desirable but unattainable objective.


  • Describe and illustrate different concepts, definitions and measures of corruption
  • Move beyond description of corruption to strategic analysis
  • Systematically classify corruption types and settings, so as to respond appropriately
  • Evaluate interventions to control corruption, and explore prevention strategies
  • Understand how to move from anti-corruption to building integrity

Who should attend

  • Middle level civil servants
  • NGO officials
  • Personnel in business who are responsible for interacting with governments in fields such as procurement or regulation, or who regularly transact any sort of business with government
  • People in business whose responsibilities involve management and the development of organisational standards and ethical conduct
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