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John R. Heilbrunn

Associate Professor, The Colorado School of Mines

Dr John Heilbrunn is a professor of international studies. He is a public sector reform specialist and anti-corruption expert with over 35 years of experience in political economy analysis, governance, anti-corruption and programme evaluation. He is fluent in French and has served as a consultant to different donors (DFID, World Bank, USAID, AfDB) in numerous countries including Benin, Bulgaria, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Burkina Faso, Colombia, Ghana, Indonesia, Morocco, Nigeria, South Africa, and Zambia. He was previously Senior Public Reform Sector Specialist for the World Bank, which involved acting as Team leader for the anti-corruption thematic group responsible for communicating official policy on anti-corruption to staff. This also involved reviewing large programmes for their treatment of corruption risks. Dr Heilbrunn is the author of over 30 publications including Oil, Democracy, and Development in Africa (Cambridge 2014) and “Anti-Corruption Commissions: Panacea or Real Medicine to Fight Corruption” (World Bank 2004).

  • Oil, Democracy and Development in Africa (New York: Cambridge University Press, 2014).
  • Markets, Profits and Power: The Politics of Business in Benin and Togo, Travaux et Documents No. 53 (Working Paper), Centre d’Études d’Afrique Noire, Institut d’Études Politiques de Bordeaux, 1997.
  • “Paying the Price of Failure: Reconstructing Failed and Collapsed States in Africa and Central Asia, a Review Essay.” Perspectives on Politics 4, 1 (March 2006): 135-150.
  • “Oil and Water: Elite Politicians and Corruption in France.” Comparative Politics 37, 3 (April 2005): 277-296.
  • “Anti-Corruption Agencies: Real Medicine or Placebo in Treating Corruption?” World Bank Institute Working Paper (2004).
  • “Assessing Political Commitment to Fighting Corruption” with Philip E. Keefer. Washington: The World Bank, PREM Note 30 (1999).
  • “Commerce, Politics, and Business Associations in Benin and Togo,” Comparative Politics (July 1997): 473-492.”
  • “Une si petite démocratisation pour le Togo” with Comi M. Toulabor. Politique Africaine (Juin 1995): 85-100.
  • “Social Origins of National Conferences in Benin and Togo,” The Journal of Modern African Studies 31, 2 (June 1993): 277-299.
  • “The Fight Against Corruption: The World Bank Debarment Policy,” in Preventing Corporate Corruption, ed. Stefano Manacorda (Geneva: Springer International, 2014).
  • “The Middle Class and Political Stability: The Beninese Experience,” in Les classes moyennes et leur role sur la stabilité politico-sécuritaire des États d’Afrique subsaharienne, eds. Dominique Darbon and Comi Toulabor (Paris: Éditions Karthala, 2014).
  • “Anti-Corruption Commissions: What Works, What Doesn’t, and Why?” Policy brief prepared for US Government (2012)
  • “Post-Conflict Reconstruction, Legitimacy, and Anti-Corruption Commissions.” In Fighting Corruption in Post-Conflict States. Eds. Cheng and Zaum. Routledge, 2011.
  • “Globalization, Democracy, and Institutional Transfer to Africa.” In La politique des modèles en Afrique: Simulation, dépolitisation et appropriation, Ed. Darbon. Karthala, 2009.
  • “L’Afrique et l’économie politique international.” In Le politique en Afrique : État des débats et pistes de recherche. Eds. Gazibo and Thiorot. Karthala, 2009.
  • “Book Review: The Challenge of Rural Electrification: Strategies for Developing Countries, ed. Barnes (Washington: Resources for the Future, 2007),” Resources Policy (2008).
  • USAID Program Brief, “Anticorruption in the Extractive Industries” (2008).
  • “The Utstein Anti-Corruption Resource Center.” Sida Evaluation Series 07/22. Department for Democracy and Social Development. Stockholm: SIDA, 2008.
  • “Equatorial Guinea and Togo: What Prize for Repression?” In Worst of the Worst: Dealing with Repressive and Rogue Nations. Ed. Rotberg. Brooking Institution Press, 2007.
  • Review essay. “Staffan Lindberg, Democracy and Elections in Africa.” Comparative Political Studies (September 2007): 1138- 1141.
  • “Anti-Corruption Commissions.” In The Role of Parliament in Curbing Corruption, 135-147. Eds Stapenhurst, Johnston, and Pelizzo. The World Bank, 2006.
  •  “Togo: Political Repression and Clan Politics.” African Contemporary Record, Vol. 28 2001-2002 (2006): B225-B235.
  • “Anti-Corruption Commissions: Panacea or Real Medicine to Fight Corruption” (World Bank 2004)
  • “Togo: Political Stalemate and Economic Stagnation.” African Contemporary Record, Vol. 27 1998-2000 (2004): B221-B241.
  • “Corruption, Democracy, and Reform in Benin.” In The Self- Restraining State: Power and Accountability in New Democracies. Eds. Schedler, Diamond, and Plattner. Lynne Rienner Publishers, 1999.
  • “The Flea on Nigeria’s Back? Benin’s Foreign Policy 1975-1995.” In African Foreign Policies. Ed. Wright. Westview Press, 1999.
  • “Togo: The National Conference and Stalled Reform.” In Political Reform in Francophone Africa, 225-245. Eds. Clark and Gardinier. Westview Press, 1997.
  • Translation from French, Pathé Diagne, “Pluralism and Plurality in Africa.” In Democracy and Pluralism in Africa. Ed. Ronen. Lynne Rienner Publishers, Inc., 1986

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