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Understanding Corruption Traditional and Legal Rational Norms

Edited By Mason C. Hoadley, Neelambar Hatti Copyright 2021

    This volume together scholars specializing in different parts of the world to give us a comparative understanding of the persistence of corruption in some societies. The reader is privileged to learn from the many global variations that are skilfully presented for further analyses. Corruption is a salient feature of human condition in any organized society. Further, where risks are low and the returns high, corruption is almost inevitable. Apart from this, traditional public behaviour comes precariously close to what in the West might amount to corrupt practices. Bureaucratic corruption should be understood in the light of a clash of morality on the one hand and legality on the other. There is a contradiction between traditional values, which are held in respect and are a part of everyday life of a people, and norms of the larger society which stand out as compelling forces. The idea of the modern division between the public and private office is alien to a traditional culture and corruption finds space when this division is not strictly observed.

    Seven essays in this volume cover a range of countries which include India, South Africa, Nigeria, Zimbabwe, and Indonesia. As the essays unfold themselves, the problem of corruption takes on an added dimension, that of a legacy left behind by colonialism.

    Please note: This title is co-published with Social Science Press, New Delhi. Taylor & Francis does not sell or distribute the Hardback in India, Pakistan, Nepal, Bhutan, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka.

    1. Introduction 2. Duality of Corrupt Behaviour. Traditional norms versus Weberian forms 3. Fish Rots from the Head: Duality of Corrupt Behaviour in South Africa (2009-18) 4. The Clash of Morality and Legality: Interrogating Bureaucratic Corruption in Nigeria 5. Public-Private Sector Corruption in Zimbabwe during the First Republic, 1980-2017 6. Corruption Eradication Efforts and its Actors’ Resistance in the Era of Reformation of Indonesia 7. Enactment and Enforcement of Anti-Corruption in India 8. Conclusion 


    Mason C. Hoadley is Professor Emeritus in Southeast Asian History and Indonesian at the School of Language and Literature, Lund University.

    Neelambar Hatti is Professor Emeritus at School of Economics and Management, Lund University.