Advanced Search
MyIDEAS: Login to save this paper or follow this series

Contextualizing Conceptions of Corruption: Challenges for the International Anti-corruption Campaign

Contents:

Author Info

  • Malte Gephart

    ()
    (GIGA Institute of Global and Area Studies)

Registered author(s):

    Abstract

    While in an initial legal and academic anti-corruption wave corruption itself was at the center of analysis, research is now increasingly focused on anti-corruption discourse and praxis. The latter analyses have generated numerous criticisms of anti-corruption activities and anti-corruption research, and these are presented in this literature review. These criticisms range from the anti-corruption norm’s legitimacy deficit, to the difficulty of defining and measuring corruption, to the discourse’s depoliticization through its technicalization. The anti-corruption movement faces particular difficulties with respect to the tension between the universality of the anti-corruption norm and its simultaneous contextualization for specific and local application. This tension is especially important because it touches upon the central issues of the respective political communities, such as the division of the private from the public, which differ from one cultural context to another. The contextualization of anti-corruption concepts has to be enabled in various areas: first, with respect to the culturally shaped conception of the division between the public and the private; second, with respect to local understandings of corruption, that is, what is actually meant when talking about “corruption”; and third, with respect to the low socioeconomic development levels in some countries, which do not permit the absence of corruption (evading a zero-tolerance rhetoric).

    Download Info

    If you experience problems downloading a file, check if you have the proper application to view it first. In case of further problems read the IDEAS help page. Note that these files are not on the IDEAS site. Please be patient as the files may be large.
    File URL: http://repec.giga-hamburg.de/pdf/giga_09_wp115_gephart.pdf
    Download Restriction: no

    Bibliographic Info

    Paper provided by GIGA German Institute of Global and Area Studies in its series GIGA Working Paper Series with number 115.

    as in new window
    Length: 40 pages
    Date of creation: Dec 2009
    Date of revision:
    Handle: RePEc:gig:wpaper:115

    Contact details of provider:
    Postal: Neuer Jungfernstieg 21, D-20354 Hamburg
    Phone: +49 (0)40 42825-593
    Fax: +49 (0)40 42825-547
    Email:
    Web page: http://www.giga-hamburg.de/workingpapers
    More information through EDIRC

    Order Information:
    Email:

    Related research

    Keywords: corruption; anti-corruption; global governance; norms; cultural specificity; local implementation;

    This paper has been announced in the following NEP Reports:

    References

    References listed on IDEAS
    Please report citation or reference errors to , or , if you are the registered author of the cited work, log in to your RePEc Author Service profile, click on "citations" and make appropriate adjustments.:
    as in new window
    1. Mauro, Paolo, 1995. "Corruption and Growth," The Quarterly Journal of Economics, MIT Press, MIT Press, vol. 110(3), pages 681-712, August.
    2. Johann Graf Lambsdorff, 2003. "How Corruption Affects Productivity," Kyklos, Wiley Blackwell, Wiley Blackwell, vol. 56(4), pages 457-474, November.
    3. Elizabeth Harrison, 2006. "Unpacking the Anti-corruption Agenda: Dilemmas for Anthropologists," Oxford Development Studies, Taylor & Francis Journals, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 34(1), pages 15-29.
    4. Rose-Ackerman, Susan, 1975. "The economics of corruption," Journal of Public Economics, Elsevier, Elsevier, vol. 4(2), pages 187-203, February.
    5. Daniel Kaufmann & Shang-Jin Wei, 1999. "Does "Grease Money" Speed Up the Wheels of Commerce?," NBER Working Papers 7093, National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc.
    6. Egger, Peter & Winner, Hannes, 2006. "How Corruption Influences Foreign Direct Investment: A Panel Data Study," Economic Development and Cultural Change, University of Chicago Press, University of Chicago Press, vol. 54(2), pages 459-86, January.
    7. Sanjeev Gupta, 1998. "Does Corruption Affect Income Inequality and Poverty?," IMF Working Papers, International Monetary Fund 98/76, International Monetary Fund.
    Full references (including those not matched with items on IDEAS)

    Citations

    Lists

    This item is not listed on Wikipedia, on a reading list or among the top items on IDEAS.

    Statistics

    Access and download statistics

    Corrections

    When requesting a correction, please mention this item's handle: RePEc:gig:wpaper:115. See general information about how to correct material in RePEc.

    For technical questions regarding this item, or to correct its authors, title, abstract, bibliographic or download information, contact: (Bert Hoffmann).

    If you have authored this item and are not yet registered with RePEc, we encourage you to do it here. This allows to link your profile to this item. It also allows you to accept potential citations to this item that we are uncertain about.

    If references are entirely missing, you can add them using this form.

    If the full references list an item that is present in RePEc, but the system did not link to it, you can help with this form.

    If you know of missing items citing this one, you can help us creating those links by adding the relevant references in the same way as above, for each refering item. If you are a registered author of this item, you may also want to check the "citations" tab in your profile, as there may be some citations waiting for confirmation.

    Please note that corrections may take a couple of weeks to filter through the various RePEc services.