Award Date

December 2018

Degree Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)


Public Policy and Leadership

First Committee Member

Christopher Stream

Second Committee Member

Jayce Farmer

Third Committee Member

Jaewon Lim

Fourth Committee Member

Sadanand Verma

Number of Pages



This dissertation investigates the effectiveness of anti-corruption policies implemented across the United States that significantly reduce public sector corruption. In addition to the normative desire to combat corruption, it documents, the economic impact that corruption has on each state's per capita gross domestic product. To investigate public sector corruption articles between the years 2010 – 2015were reviewed for news stories that report on public sector corruption at the state level and below. The practical implications of this dissertation, if incorporated into a state level anti-corruption policy, could be used to reduce public sector corruption and increase that states' economic health. Although other research has examined economic growth and public sector corruption at the international level, this dissertation applies the same principles of the anti-corruption literature to an intra-national level by examining the effectiveness of state policy to reduce public sector corruption, and the effects of corruption within each state.


campaign finance; Candidate Contribution; corruption; ethics; gross state product; state ethics commission


Political Science | Public Administration | Public Affairs, Public Policy and Public Administration | Public Policy

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Degree Grantor

University of Nevada, Las Vegas




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