This book investigates the pervasive problem of corruption across the Middle East and North Africa. Drawing on the specifics of the local context, the book explores how corruption in the region is actuated through informal practices that coexist and work in parallel to formal institutions.
When informal practices become vehicles for corruption, they can have negative ripple effects across many aspects of society, but on the other hand, informal practices could also have the potential to be leveraged to reinforce formal institutions to help fight corruption. Drawing on a range of cases including Morocco, Lebanon, Turkey, Jordan, Tunisia or Israel the book first explores the mechanisms and dynamics of corruption and informal practices in the region, before looking at the successes and failures of anti-corruption initiatives. The final section focuses on gender perspectives on corruption, which are often overlooked in corruption literature, and the role of women in the Middle East.
With insights drawn from a range of disciplines, this book will be of interest to researchers and students across political science, philosophy, socio-legal studies, public administration, and Middle Eastern studies, as well as to policy makers and practitioners working in the region.
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List of Contributors
Ina Kubbe and Aiysha Varraich
Part 1: Conceptualising the Mechanisms and Dynamics of Corruption and Informal Practices in the MENA region
Gizem Kaya and Georgy Kopshteyn
Mohammd Khlaile and Doron Navot
Lindsay J. Benstead, Lonna Rae Atkenson and Muhammad Adnan Shahid
Part 2: Success and Failures of Anti-corruption Initiatives
Ángela Suárez-Collado and Sergio García-Rendón
Digdem Soyaltin Collela
Doron Navot and Ina Kubbe
Part 3: The Way Forward – Empowering women as a Tool to reduce corruption
David Jackson, Sarah A. Tobin and Jennifer Eggert
Rahma Abdulkadir and Henriette Müller
Conclusion and Future Prospects
Ina Kubbe and Aiysha Varraich
The series features innovative and original research on the subject of corruption from scholars around the world. As well as documenting and analyzing corruption, the series aims to discuss anti-corruption initiatives and endeavors, in an attempt to demonstrate ways forward for countries and institutions where the problem is widespread. The series particularly promotes comparative and interdisciplinary research targeted at a global readership.
In terms of theory and method, rather than basing itself on any one orthodoxy, the series draws broadly on the tool kit of the social sciences in general, emphasizing comparison, the analysis of the structure and processes, and the application of qualitative and quantitative methods.
The series welcomes submissions from established and junior authors on cutting-edge and high-level research on key topics that feature in global news and public debate. To submit book proposals, please contact the Editor, Helena Hurd (Helena.Hurd@tandf.co.uk).