Measuring political will in an organised crime environment


A lack of political will is often used as an excuse by policymakers, donors and development practitioners to explain failures in policies and programmes. While this is true for most development programming, it is particularly salient with regard to anti-corruption, the rule of law, and efforts to combat organised crime. Indeed, political will is vital if governments are to reduce the deleterious activities of organised crime; without it, crime proliferates. Using country specific formulae in three categories, water and electrical utilities, tax administration and land management, this paper presents an empirical methodology to measure the political will possessed by state actors to reduce organised crime.

About the author

Eric Scheye has been working on justice and security development; organised crime; women’s access to justice/ending violence against women; trafficking in persons and modern slavery; police accountability; statebuilding; governance; rule of law; and monitoring and evaluation for over 20 years. He has also participated on portfolio reviews of the United Kingdom, Australia, and the European Commission’s justice and security programming.

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