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11 - Fighting Corruption, Fighting for Corruption

from Part III - Rethinking Corruption

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  27 February 2024

Lucio Picci
Affiliation:
University of Bologna
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This chapter argues that anti-corruption is a tool of politics. This is true as soon as we recognize that it is also a tool of government, because assuring the viability of government is an essential political problem. I examine this issue from a wider perspective, viewing corruption as a “valence issue.” Parties, politicians, and civil society organizations may take advantage of the widespread popular opposition to corruption and campaign on an anti-corruption platform, especially if it is difficult for them to differentiate themselves in other ways. The decreased relevance of ideological differences in recent decades, particularly following the collapse of the Soviet Union, has contributed to the increased interest in corruption that has accompanied the establishment of the current consensus view. Also because of this motive, adopting an anti-corruption political platform has occasionally been an inevitable choice for reform-minded political actors.

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Rethinking Corruption
Reasons Behind the Failure of Anti-Corruption Efforts
, pp. 207 - 219
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Print publication year: 2024

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