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Corruption and Human Development: A Conceptual Discussion


  • Mozaffar Qizilbash


This paper is concerned with how the corruption and development debate changes if the focus shifts to notions of "human" development. There are many senses of corruption, but the literature has focused on the public office conception and consequentialist evaluation. While it looks as if corruption clearly does not promote human development, the case needs to be made carefully, since arguments can be made to the effect that corruption can promote human development. The discussion highlights the limits of consequentialist evaluation and helps us to think about the policy implications of various conceptions of human development. Finally, while the diversity of norms and the possibility of Western bias do not undermine either anti-corruption or human development agendas, they do set limits on the extent to which specific moral norms can be embodied in conceptions of human development.

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  • Mozaffar Qizilbash, 2001. "Corruption and Human Development: A Conceptual Discussion," Oxford Development Studies, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 29(3), pages 265-278.
  • Handle: RePEc:taf:oxdevs:v:29:y:2001:i:3:p:265-278
    DOI: 10.1080/13600810120088868

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    1. Malik, Sadia Mariam & Janjua, Yasin, 2010. "Geography, Institutions and Human Development: A Cross-Country Investigation Using Bayesian Model Averaging," MPRA Paper 24612, University Library of Munich, Germany.
    2. Warning, Susanne & Dürrenberger, Nicole, 2015. "Corruption and education: Does public financing of higher education matter?," Annual Conference 2015 (Muenster): Economic Development - Theory and Policy 112836, Verein für Socialpolitik / German Economic Association.
    3. Peyton, Kyle & Belasen, Ariel, 2010. "The case for human development: a cross-country analysis of corruption perceptions," MPRA Paper 31385, University Library of Munich, Germany.
    4. Downs, Timothy John & Larson, Heidi Jane, 2007. "Achieving Millennium Development Goals for health: Building understanding, trust and capacity to respond," Health Policy, Elsevier, vol. 83(2-3), pages 144-161, October.

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