Anti-Corruption NGOs as Think Tanks

The Effect of Transparency International UK on the UK Bribery Act 2010


  • Yusuke Ishikawa Asia Pacific Initiative, Japan



Anti-Corruption, Policymaking, Transparency International, UK Bribery Act 2010, Process Tracing


While anti-corruption scholars have analyzed and explained theoretically citizen-based anti- corruption approaches, studies on one of the most important aspects of a leading anti-corruption non-governmental organization (NGO) has been limited: the role of Transparency International (TI), in particular national branches of TI, as a think tank. Drawing on data from an interview with a former head of TI in the UK (TI-UK), this study will conduct a preliminary review and analysis of the effects of TI-UK in anti-corruption policymaking. The analysis shows that TI-UK was not only involved in the drafting of legislation but also had an impact on the outcomes during the legislation and initial implementation processes. This study is expected to contribute to understandings of anti-corruption policymaking processes and development of theories and practices of anti-corruption reforms.

Author Biography

Yusuke Ishikawa, Asia Pacific Initiative, Japan

Yusuke Ishikawa is a Research Assistant at Asia Pacific Initiative, Japan. He completed MA in Corruption and Governance at the University of Sussex in the UK and another MA in Political Science at Central European University in Hungary and Austria. He has previously worked as a research intern at Transparency International Hungary and as a consultant at Transparency International Defence and Security in the UK. His research interests include (anti-)corruption, comparative politics, institutionalism, policy analysis, political research methodology, and political education. Email:




How to Cite

Yusuke Ishikawa. (2021). Anti-Corruption NGOs as Think Tanks: The Effect of Transparency International UK on the UK Bribery Act 2010. Politikon: The IAPSS Journal of Political Science, 51, 4–16.



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