Preventing Violent Extremism and Tackling Corruption through Citizen-centered Government

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Abstract Summary
Violent extremism is a complex phenomenon, but one aspect that is helpful in understanding its origins is as a radical reaction to diminished citizen trust in government institutions. Corruption ranks as one of the chief causes of the crisis of legitimacy of democratic authority according to public opinion research, yet the connection between corruption and violent extremism is often not fully explored, and warrants thoughtful consideration. Perceptions of widespread corruption among political elites makes constituents more vulnerable to extremist arguments that the system is irretrievably broken, and that only direct action can effect change. The insidious connection between corruption and violent extremism operates in a feedback loop: as violent extremism rises, governments with questionable democratic credentials opt to maintain the status quo rather than undertake necessary democratic and anti-corruption reforms, on the grounds of shoring up state-level “stability.” This blogpost will highlight insights being gained from initiatives that the International Republican Institute (IRI) has spearheaded to interrupt this vicious cycle. Specifically, the article will demonstrate how open government solutions can address the underlying causes of both violent extremism and corruption by providing avenues for citizens to voice their concerns and for governments to be more responsive to people’s needs.
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07 Trust and Legitimacy /Confianza y legitimidad
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