Political corruption in Europe

Authored by: Martin J. Bull , James L. Newell

Routledge Handbook of European Politics

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

Print ISBN: 9780415626750
eBook ISBN: 9781315755830
Adobe ISBN: 9781317628361

10.4324/9781315755830.ch36

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Abstract

Prior to the 1990s, political scientists thought of corruption as something largely confined to developing countries, as they were convinced that in liberal democracies due process norms ensured the low tolerance thresholds necessary to constrain corrupt practices. Since then, numerous high-profile corruption cases and the resulting scandals have affected an ever-increasing number of democratic countries in Europe, forcing political scientists to revise their earlier assumptions. Corruption has thus become a major focus of attention, with scholars attempting to identify its causes and potential measures to reduce its incidence.

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