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Routledge Handbook of Political Corruption

Edited by: Paul M. Heywood

Print publication date:  January  2015
Online publication date:  December  2014

Print ISBN: 9780415617789
eBook ISBN: 9781315739175
Adobe ISBN: 9781317575931

10.4324/9781315739175
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Since the early 1990s, a series of major scandals in both the financial and most especially the political world has resulted in close attention being paid to the issue of corruption and its links to political legitimacy and stability. Indeed, in many countries – in both the developed as well as the developing world – corruption seems to have become almost an obsession. Concern about corruption has become a powerful policy narrative: the explanation of last resort for a whole range of failures and disappointments in the fields of politics, economics and culture. In the more established democracies, worries about corruption have become enmeshed in a wider debate about trust in the political class. Corruption remains as widespread today, possibly even more so, as it was when concerted international attention started being devoted to the issue following the end of the Cold War.

This Handbook provides a showcase of the most innovative and exciting research being conducted in Europe and North America in the field of political corruption, as well as providing a new point of reference for all who are interested in the topic. The Handbook is structured around four core themes in the study of corruption in the contemporary world: understanding and defining the nature of corruption; identifying its causes; measuring its extent; and analysing its consequences. Each of these themes is addressed from various perspectives in the first four sections of the Handbook, whilst the fifth section explores new directions that are emerging in corruption research. The contributors are experts in their field, working across a range of different social-science perspectives.

Table of contents

Prelims Download PDF
Chapter  1:  Introduction Download PDF
Chapter  2:  The Definition of Political Corruption Download PDF
Chapter  3:  Definitions of Corruption Download PDF
Chapter  4:  The Meaning of Corruption in Democracies Download PDF
Chapter  5:  The Contradictions of Corruption in Nigeria Download PDF
Chapter  6:  Criminal Entrepreneurship Download PDF
Chapter  7:  Causes of Corruption Download PDF
Chapter  8:  What Does Cross-National Empirical Research Reveal About The Causes of Corruption? Download PDF
Chapter  9:  Bureaucracy and Corruption Download PDF
Chapter  10:  Sources of Corruption in The European Union Download PDF
Chapter  11:  Measuring Corruption Download PDF
Chapter  12:  The Silence of Corruption Download PDF
Chapter  13:  Corruption and The Problem of Perception  Download PDF
Chapter  14:  The Ethnographic Study of Corruption Download PDF
Chapter  15:  The Consequences of Corruption Download PDF
Chapter  16:  Corruption in Latin America Download PDF
Chapter  17:  Corruption and Development Download PDF
Chapter  18:  Institutional Design and Anti-Corruption in Mainland China Download PDF
Chapter  19:  The Political Economy of Conflicts of Interest in an Era of Public–Private Governance Download PDF
Chapter  20:  Reflection and Reassessment Download PDF
Chapter  21:  Gender and Corruption Download PDF
Chapter  22:  Behavioural and Institutional Economics as an Inspiration to Anti-Corruption Download PDF
Chapter  23:  Religion, Ethics and Corruption Download PDF
Chapter  24:  The Threat to Sports and Sports Governance from Betting-Related Corruption Download PDF
Chapter  25:  Freedom of Information and Corruption Download PDF
Index Download PDF
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