Inquiry into causes and political, social, and economic effects of corruption worldwide, with focus on developing countries. Analysis of prospects of success in anticorruption reform and prescriptions for hurrying it along. Examination of role of political institutions, social norms, multinational firms, international organizations, grassroots activists. Readings include legal research, case studies, statistical analyses, policy reports. Prior coursework in political science a prerequisite, basic understanding of multivariate statistics helpful but not required.