Bookphoria with Victoria – On Corruption Part 2

This month, we are focusing on Corruption. Our RWI Librarian Victoria Heisler recommends books though our bi-weekly Bookphoria with Victoria – On Corruption Part 2.

Corruption in a global context restoring public trust, integrity, and accountability /

Edited by Melchior Powell, Dina Wafa, and Tim A. Mau. 2020.

ISBN: 9780367822125 

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From publisher: 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 affects 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 analyzes 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.  

Transitions to good governance : creating virtuous circles of anti-corruption /

Edited by Alina Mungiu-Pippidi, Michael Johnston. 2017.

ISBN: 9781786439161 

On the RWI shelf under 83 TRA 

From the publisher:  Why have so few countries managed to leave systematic corruption behind, while in many others modernization is still a mere façade? How do we escape the trap of corruption, to reach a governance system based on ethical universalism? In this unique book, Alina Mungiu-Pippidi and Michael Johnston lead a team of eminent researchers on an illuminating path towards deconstructing the few virtuous circles in contemporary governance. The book combines a solid theoretical framework with quantitative evidence and case studies from around the world. While extracting lessons to be learned from the success cases covered, Transitions to Good Governance avoids being prescriptive and successfully contributes to the understanding of virtuous circles in contemporary good governance.  

Political corruption the internal enemy of public institutions /

Emanuela Ceva and Maria Paola Ferretti. 2021.

ISBN: 9780197567876 

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From the publisher: This book discusses political corruption and anticorruption as a matter of a public ethics of office. It shows how political corruption is the Trojan horse that undermines public institutions from within via the interrelated action of the officeholders. Even well-designed and legitimate institutions may go off track if the officeholders fail to uphold by their conduct a public ethics of office accountability. Most current discussions of what political corruption is and why it is wrong have concentrated either on explaining and assessing it as a matter of an individual’s corrupt character and motives or as a dysfunction of institutional procedures. The book investigates the common normative root of these two manifestations of political corruption as a relationally wrongful practice that consists in an unaccountable use of the power of office by the officeholders in public institutions. From this perspective, political corruption is an internal enemy of public institutions that can only be opposed by mobilizing the officeholders to engage in answerability practices. In this way, officeholders are responsible for working together to maintain an interactively just institutional system 

Combating corruption : legal approaches to supporting good governance and integrity in Africa /

John Hatchard. 2014.

ISBN 9781781004371 

On the RWI shelf under 83 HAT 

From the publisher: Drawing on numerous recent examples of good and bad practice from around the continent, this insightful volume explores the legal issues involved in developing and enhancing good governance and accountability within African states, as well as addressing the need for other states worldwide to demonstrate the ‘transnational political will’ to support these efforts. 

Corruption in the public sector an international perspective /

Edited by Krishna K. Tummala. 2021.

ISBN: 9781839096426  

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From the publisher: This edited collection examines corruption in the public sector, assessing original research studies from across the globe in order to provide an international perspective on this global issue. These studies include an examination of how corruption has been minimized in Singapore and Hong Kong; an assessment of corruption in India under Modi, who was elected on a promise to reduce corruption; a study of corruption in Bangladesh, and an evaluation of attempts to curb corruption in South Africa. This collection also includes a comparative study of corruption in Brazil and Chile, and a global perspective on the development of ethical privacy policies in e-government. The original case studies included in this book are brought together in an effort to identify common themes that impinge upon the fight against corruption, despite the particular nuances of individual nations. The contributions included in this edited collection also cover themes that are not often studied, including corruption in government procurement, the nascent issue of the ‘right to privacy’ stemming from e-governance, and the proclivity of governments to hide behind Official Secrets Acts to withhold information – ostensibly guaranteed under the ‘right to information’ which is vital in the fight against corruption. Providing a broad overview on public sector corruption, including local and national perspectives, this edited collection is essential reading for scholars of both public policy and corruption worldwide. 

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