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2 - The Consensus on Corruption

from Part I - Laying the Groundwork

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  27 February 2024

Lucio Picci
Affiliation:
University of Bologna
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Summary

This chapter describes the main traits of the prevailing view on corruption. In particular, the current consensus view on corruption is all but monolithic, and at its “soft edges” we find themes that in fact deserve center stage, such as the elusive and contested nature of the concept. For example, although a narrow concept of corruption has predominated, it is acknowledged that the concept is elusive and its nature contested. Furthermore, it is frequently recognized that reference to corruption may have a certain degree of instrumentality, and specifically, that an anti-corruption discourse may be utilized as a means to settle scores with political adversaries. Another related theme at the edge of the current debate concerns the relationship between corruption and other social phenomena. On one hand, much effort has been dedicated to understanding the causes and effects of corruption. However, it is often recognized that the concept of corruption, being elusive, is also multifaceted and cannot be considered in isolation. The book intends to move these themes from the edges to the center of the debate.

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Rethinking Corruption
Reasons Behind the Failure of Anti-Corruption Efforts
, pp. 16 - 31
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Print publication year: 2024

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