Examining and exposing expatriate experiences of corruption in Cambodia

Bakker, Odette (2014) Examining and exposing expatriate experiences of corruption in Cambodia. MSc dissertation, University of Portsmouth.

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    Expatriate research has previously focused on how they deal with moving to a different country. There are a limited number of studies on expatriates and especially limited in relation to Corruption. This research explores how Corruption affects expatriates living in Cambodia. Cambodia was recently ranked 160th out of 177 countries on Transparency International’s Corruption Perception Index stating that it is the most corrupt country in South East Asia. The research explored the perceptions of Corruption expatriates have in Cambodia.
    This study examined 40 responses to a questionnaire, of which, 13 were interviewed to gain a deeper understanding into their answers, and 2 gave general responses. Research revealed that expatriates are experiencing different levels of Corruption based upon their social activities, working environment and exposure to local happenings. Cambodia was perceived to be the most corrupt nation that expatriates have resided in. Expatriates treat car accidents differently in Cambodia compared to their home nations, paying a bribe for services would be dependent upon the incident what type of car was involved and the extent of the damage. Paying to receive a faster service was also more accepted in Cambodia than in their home countries. Speaking the language can have can have opposite affects; it can either increase or decrease Corruption depending on the situation, time of day and surroundings. It is perceived that the local population are experiencing higher Corruption because they are more exposed to it on a daily basis whereas expatriates generally have (housekeeping) staff that assist with, for example, paying bills and getting groceries at the market.
    The study revealed that more research is needed in order to gain a deeper understanding on expatriate experiences of Corruption. The study was merely a starting point for future research about expatriates when they are exposed to a more corrupt nation than their homeland.

    Item Type: Dissertation
    Departments/Research Groups: Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences > Institute of Criminal Justice Studies
    Depositing User: Beth Atkins
    Date Deposited: 16 Jan 2015 14:55
    Last Modified: 28 Jan 2015 12:48
    URI: http://eprints.port.ac.uk/id/eprint/16508

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