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Corruption in a Global Context
Restoring Public Trust, Integrity, and Accountability

ISBN 9781032085647
Published June 30, 2021 by Routledge
352 Pages 10 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

This book provides an important survey of the causes and current state of corruption across a range of nations and regions. Delving into the diverse ways in which corruption is being combatted, the book explores and describes efforts to inculcate principles of ethical conduct in citizens, private sector actors and public sector personnel and institutions.

Corruption is a global condition that effects every type of government, at every level, and has bewitched scholars of governance from ancient times to the present day. The book brings together chapters on a range of state and regional corruption experiences, framing them in terms of efforts to enhance ethical conduct and achieve integrity in government practices and operations. In addition, the book addresses and analyses the theoretical and practical bases of ethics that form the background and historical precepts of efforts to create integrity in government practices, and finally assesses recent international efforts to address corruption on an international scale.

This book will be perfect for researchers and upper level students of public administration, comparative government, international development, criminal justice, and corruption.

Table of Contents


Introduction: Global Strategies for a Global Scourge

Melchior Powell, Dina Wafa and Tim A. Mau

Part 1: Theoretical and Historical Context

1. Surviving Bureaucracy: Patterns of Corruption, Prospects for Reform

Charles Garofalo

2. Corruption in Context: What Goes Wrong in Governance

Leo Huberts and Karin Lasthuizen

Part 2: Fighting Corruption and Restoring Public Trust and Accountability an a Regional Context

A. Africa: Southern Africa And Western Africa

3. Anti-Corruption Agencies as Tools for Fighting Corruption in West Africa: The Nigerian Example

David U. Enweremadu

4. Legal and Institutional Measures Against Corruption in Southern Africa: Case Studies

Evangelos A. Mantzaris and Pregala Pillay

B. Asia

5. Corruption in China: Tigers and Flies Beware

Donald Menzel

6. Corruption in South Asia

Sucheta Pyakuryal and Raymond W. Cox III

7. Corruption in the Arab World

Dina Wafa

C. Australasia

8. Anti-Corruption Measures in Australia and New Zealand

Adam Masters and Katherine Hall

D. Russia and Europe

9. Corruption Syndrome: Reverse Evolution of Bureaucracy-Corruption in Russia

Sergey Zuev and Dmitry Rogozin

10. Multidimensional Comparative Analysis of Corruption in Europe from 1999-2013

Agata Wiecek-Starczynska, Katarzyna Mroczek-Dabrowska and Piotr Trapczynski

E. The Americas

11. Corruption in Canada: An Emerging Culture of Entitlement Threatens Good Governance

Tim A. Mau

12. Corruption in the United States: A Systems View of Ethics Management

Melchior Powell

13. Latin America: The Proliferation of Public Organizations

Victor S. Pe├▒a

PART 3: Combatting Corruption World-Wide

14. Public Service Ethics and Accountability in a Globalized World

Cynthia E. Lynch and Thomas D. Lynch

15. Grappling with Corruption Globally: Concluding Observations

Melchior Powell, Dina Wafa and Tim A. Mau

About The Contributors


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Melchior Powell is Professor Emeritus of Public Policy and Administration at California State University, Long Beach, USA.

Dina Wafa is Founding Director, School of Global Affairs and Public Policy Executive Education, The American University in Cairo, Egypt.

Tim A. Mau is Associate Professor in the Department of Political Science at the University of Guelph, Canada.


"In addressing a relevant, current and dramatically global sensitive issue such as corruption, this book brings huge contributions based on contextualized and evidence-oriented analyses, approaching the problem from different national perspectives, which greatly advances the understanding of this complex phenomenon so associated with the local and regional specificities." -- Bianor Scelza Cavalcanti, Past President of the International Association of Schools and Institutes of Public Administration, Brazil

"Two important points to remember are first, not all corruption is the same, and second, some places are more corrupt than others. This book reinforces these messages through analysis of the politics, economies, cultures, religions, public sector values, and the level of development of democratic institutions that were maturing at differing times and levels, particularly in Africa, South America, and South Asia." --  Adam Graycar, Professor of Public Policy, The University of Adelaide, Australia

This book is the result of a major accomplishment. It provides a full-fledged analysis of corruption, as it compares theories on its causes, compares varying historical contexts, includes countries not often included in such research, and provides an excellent framework for addressing corruption in varying contexts in an effective way." -- Michiel S de Vries, Academic chair in Public Administration at Radboud University Nijmegen, The Netherlands┬┐

"This book brings together an excellent set of papers prepared by scholars throughout the world dealing with what is probably the most significant problem any government faces, namely ensuring the integrity of its actions. It is a must-read for students, academics and practitioners." -- Allan Rosenbaum, Professor, Institute for Public Management and Center for Democracy and Good Governance, Steven J. Green School of International & Public Affairs, Florida International University, USA

"This publication is a timely contribution to the ongoing debate on whether good governance and sustainable development is achievable by combating corruption in developing and transitional countries. The book addresses a wide range of issues regarding corruption which will allow readers to understand the general scale of the problem and how to deal with it. This is a must-read by relevant academics, practitioners and graduate students of public administration, public policy, political science, governance, international relations, sociology, and development studies." -- Shahjahan Bhuiyan, Associate Professor of Public Administration, and Associate Dean School of Global Affairs and Public Policy (GAPP), The American University in Cairo, Egypt