Corrupt Exchanges: Actors, Resources, and Mechanisms of Political Corruption

Corrupt Exchanges: Actors, Resources, and Mechanisms of Political Corruption

by Alberto Vannucci, Donatella della Porta, Della Porta
     
 

ISBN-10: 0202306003

ISBN-13: 9780202306001

Pub. Date: 12/31/1999

Publisher: Transaction Publishers

Political corruption has traditionally been presented as a phenomenon characteristic of developing countries, authoritarian regimes, or societies in which the value system favored tacit patrimony and clientelism. Recently, however, the thesis of an inverse correlation between corruption and economic and political development (and therefore democratic "maturity

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Overview

Political corruption has traditionally been presented as a phenomenon characteristic of developing countries, authoritarian regimes, or societies in which the value system favored tacit patrimony and clientelism. Recently, however, the thesis of an inverse correlation between corruption and economic and political development (and therefore democratic "maturity") has been frequently and convincingly challenged. Countries with a long democratic tradition, such as the United States, Belgium, Britain, and Italy, have all experienced a combination of headline-grabbing scandals and smaller-scale cases of misappropriation.

In Corrupt Exchanges, primary research on Italian cases (judicial proceedings, in-depth interviews, parliamentary documents, and press databases), combined with a cross-national comparison based on a secondary analysis of corruption in democratic systems, is used to develop a model to analyze corruption as a network of illegal exchanges. The authors explore in great detail the structure of that network, by examining both the characteristics of the actors who directly engage in the corruption and the resources they exchange. These processes of degeneration have caused a crisis in the dominant paradigm in both academic and political considerations of corruption.

The book is organized around the analysis of the resources that are exchanged and of the different actors who take part. Politicians in business, illegal brokers, Mafia members, protected entrepreneurs, and party-appointed bureaucrats exchange resources on the illegal market, altering the institutional system of interactions between the state and the market. In this complex web of exchanges, bonds of trust are established that allow the corrupt exchange to thrive. The book will serve both as a theoretical approach to a political problem of large bearing on democratic institutions and a descriptive warning of a system in peril.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780202306001
Publisher:
Transaction Publishers
Publication date:
12/31/1999
Series:
Social Problems and Social Issues Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
330
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.69(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
1The Market for Corrupt Exchange: An Introduction1
2The Resources of Corruption33
3The Business Politicians69
4Political Parties and Corruption93
5Political Corruption, Bureaucratic Corruption, and the Judiciary129
6Brokers and Occult Power153
7The Market for Corruption and the Economic System177
8Politics, the Mafia, and the Corruption Market217
9The Dynamics of Political Corruption: A Conclusion245
List of Archival Documents from Court Records and Government Investigations (in Order of Investigation)277
References283
Author Index303
Subject Index309

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