The volume demonstrates the suitability of the theory of social constructivism in portraying and analyzing the diversity of the phenomenon of corruption. The approach of social constructivism taken in this volume is able to reconstruct the 'construction of corruption' both from a societal perspective, by assessing it as generally accepted or tolerated behaviour in more or less standardized rule-governed social situations, and from the perspective of actors who perceive corrupt behaviour as problem solving in everyday life. The volume proves the usefulness of a social construction perspective for empirical research. It contains case studies of social definitions of corruption in eleven European countries that contribute in different ways to establishing a grounded theory of the phenomenon of corruption.
’This book provides a comprehensive and timely argument that there is no clear correlation between democratization and a diminution of corruption, or consolidated democracy as its end game. The range of country perspectives and points along the developmental trajectory evidences the need for a more nuanced understanding of definitions, perceptions and the basis for reform.’ Alan Doig, University of Birmingham, UK
Contents: Introduction; The social construction of corruption: theoretical reflections, Dirk TÃ¤nzler, Konstadinos Maras, Angelos Giannakopoulos and Ralf Rogowski. Part 1 Disenchanted Modernity: New public management and risks for corruption: the case of Sweden, Staffan Andersson and Gissur Ã“ Erlingsson; Integrity issues in the United Kingdom: an emerging debate, David Hine and Gillian Peele; The German myth of a corruption-free modern country, Dirk TÃ¤nzler, Konstadinos Maras and Angelos Giannakopoulos; Corruption in France: structural and contextual conditions, Hervé Rayner; When anti-corruption policy fails: the Italian case 18 years after mani pulite investigations, Donatella Della Porta and Alberto Vannucci. Part 2 Catch-Up Modernization: Diffusion of corruption in Poland, Grzegorz Makowski; Systemic factors of corruption in Romania: evidence from discourses on corruption, Iuliana Precupetu; Corruption in Bulgaria: contested perceptions, shared disappointment, Daniel Smilov and Rashko Dorosiev. Part 3 Semi-Modernity: 'Above the law, below ethics': some findings on Portuguese attitudes towards corruption, Luis de Sousa; Corruption discourse as a wild card: politics and media in Greece and the 'modern' triumphalism of anti-corruption, Effi Lambropoulou; Corruption in Turkey: a systemic problem, Zeynep Sarlak; Index.