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Corruption, Social Sciences and the Law

Exploration across the disciplines, 1st Edition

Edited by Jane Ellis


280 pages

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The problem of corruption, however described, dates back thousands of years. Professionals working in areas such as development studies, economics and political studies, were the first to most actively analyse and publish on the topic of corruption and its negative impacts on economies, societies and politics. There was, at that time, minimal literature available on corruption and the law.

The literature and discussion on bribery and corruption, as well as on the negative impact of each and what is required to address them, particularly in the legal context, are now considerable. Corruption and anti-corruption are multifaceted and multi-disciplinary. The focus now on the law and compliance, and perhaps commercial incentives, is relatively easy. However, corruption, anti-corruption and the motivations for them are complex. If we continue to discuss, debate, engage, address corruption and anti-corruption in our own disciplinary silos, we are unlikely to significantly progress the fight against corruption. What do terms such as 'culture of integrity', 'demand accountability', ‘transparency and accountability’ and ‘ethical corporate culture’ dominating the anti-corruption discourse mean, if anything, in other disciplines? If they are meaningless, what approach would practitioners in those other disciplines suggest be adopted to address corruption. What has their experience been in the field? How can the work of each discipline contribute to the work of whole and, as such, improve our work in and understanding of anti-corruption? This book seeks to answer these questions and to understand the phenomenon more comprehensively. It will be of value to researchers, academics, lawyers, legislators and students in the fields of law, anthropology, sociology, international affairs, and business.

Table of Contents

Foreword, Leah Ambler Introduction, Jane Ellis Chapter 1, Corruption: The Shape of the Beast. By Arvind K. Jain Chapter 2, The History of Corruption and the Benefits of a Historical Approach. By Mark Knights Chapter 3, Bribery, Corruption and the Law. By Jane Ellis Chapter 4, Reduction of Corruption as Good Governance. By Habibul Haque Khondker Chapter 5, Cui bono? Corruptors and the corrupted – Corporate governance and corruption: the roles and responsibilities of the private sector. By Marie dela Rama, Alice Klettner and Michael Lester Chapter 6, Tackling corruption through corporate social responsibility. By Onyeka K. Osuji Chapter 7, A political science perspective: From debate to détente. By Sam Power Chapter 8, Discourse of corruption and anti-corruption. By Chris McVittie and Rahul Sambaraju Chapter 9, Corruption: a Sociological Approach. By Jacek Kurczewski Chapter 10, The morality of corruption in organisations. By Davide Torsello Chapter 11, Using Systems Thinking to Understand and Address Corruption in the Criminal Justice System in Fragile States. By Cheyanne Scharbatke-Church and Diana V. Chigas Chapter 12, Social Norms and Attitudes Towards Corruption: Comparative Insights from East Africa. By Claudia Baez-Camargo, Abel Dufitumukiza, Egidius Kamanyi, Saba Kassa, Robert Lugolobi and Cosimo Stahl Chapter 13, Corruption: Killing the Beast. By Arvind K. Jain Chapter 14, Corruption: Explorations across the disciplines. By Jane Ellis.

About the Editor

Jane is a senior manager, director, corporate governance consultant and legal adviser with expertise in corporate governance, business ethics, anti-corruption law and competition law. She is a member of GoodCorporation’s executive team. Jane is a long-standing supporter of Transparency International and a former board member of the Australian chapter of Transparency International. She is an Australian-qualified lawyer who was formerly a partner in competition law with Ashurst in Sydney.

About the Series

The Law of Financial Crime

While a growing number of high profile financial crime cases have hit the headlines recently the topic of financial crime is also generating much attention amongst academics and practitioners. This series will be the first to be dedicated to the law of financial, or economic, crime and offers a platform for important and original research in this area.  

Books in the series will cover traditional subjects of financial crime including money laundering, terrorist financing, fraud, market abuse, insider dealing, market manipulation, tax evasion, bribery and corruption. But broader legal and regulatory issues will also be covered as well as emerging areas of concern such as the risks to stability of the financial system posed by financial crime. Emphasis will be placed on comparative approaches to the subject considering legislation across a number of jurisdictions as well as international regulations where appropriate, giving the series a truly global outlook. 

The titles in the series are primarily aimed at an audience of researchers, scholars and practitioners in the area but should also be of interest to policy makers, law enforcement agencies, financial regulatory agencies, as well as people employed within the financial services sector.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
LAW / General
LAW / Business & Financial
LAW / Criminal Law / General