Civil Society And Corruption

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Strong civil societies play a major role in controlling corruption in many societies, and reformers agree that citizens, both individual and organized, should be involved in reform. But accomplishing that goal has proven difficult. Some civil societies are weak, divided, and impoverished. In others, undemocratic regimes dominate through intimidation. And in still others, development difficulties, international debt, and misguided aid efforts stop reform before it can begin. Too often, anti-corruption campaigns do not engage social values or attack corruption as people experience it every day. This volume, based on a yearlong series of events sponsored by Colgate University's Center for Ethics and World Societies, analyzes civil society and corruption from several perspectives and in several parts of the world. One section considers corruption as a fact of everyday life, a second analyzes techniques and incentives involved in mobilizing civil society, and a third provides a unique guide to information resources on corruption and reform.

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Editorial Reviews

This excellent edited volume will serve any university class well as a foundational work for comparative study of political corruption. It is conceptually well-formulated, tackling crucial, subtle questions... Summing Up: HIGHLY RECOMMENDED. General readers and above.
— D. Crosston, Clemson University
CHOICE - D. Crosston
This excellent edited volume will serve any university class well as a foundational work for comparative study of political corruption. It is conceptually well-formulated, tackling crucial, subtle questions... Summing Up: HIGHLY RECOMMENDED. General readers and above.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780761831259
  • Publisher: University Press of America
  • Publication date: 3/1/2005
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 236
  • Product dimensions: 0.54 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 6.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Michael Johnston

Michael Johnston is Charles A. Dana Professor of Political Science and Division Director for Social Sciences at Colgate University. Professor Johnston holds a Ph.D. in Political Science from Yale University.

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Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Foreword by John Brademas Chapter 2 Preface by Michael Johnston Chapter 3 Part I: The Social Setting: Corruption, Experience, and Response: Civil Society Mobilized Against Corruption: Russia and Ukraine: Louise Shelley; Contributions, Covenants, and Corruption: Politicians and Society in Japan: Susan Pharr; St Chapter 4 Part II: Building a Reform Presence: Leadership, Participation, and Incentives: The Big Picture: Building a Sustainable Reform: Movement Against Corruption in Africa: Sahr J. Kpundeh; Language, Culture, and Reform in Hong Kong: Jenny C.Y. C Chapter 5 Part III: Data and Research Resources: Guide to Locating the Literature on Corruption: Mary Jane Walsh Chapter 6 Index Chapter 7 About the Contributors

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