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The various essays in this volume explore the development of ideas of corruption, employing a range of disciplinary approaches. Although we are accustomed to think of corruption as the misuse of public office for private gain, corruption has its deeper roots in the idea of a standard that has been eroded. That standard, however, need not be construed idealistically: much of what is asserted to be corruption takes the form of a departure from conventional standards. In inveighing against corruption, therefore, it is necessary first to examine the presumptions that underlie its imputation. As well as exploring the ethical issues that must be confronted in identifying corruption, the authors also address some of the ethical issues that challenge attempts to root out corruption.

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Paul Hutchcroft
This volume provides a rich historical context for analysis and creatively explores the varying definitions and usages of the term 'corruption.' Given its complexity, corruption deserves to be examined from the perspective of many disciplines. This volume does so, admirably, and is a very substantial and refreshing contribution to the field.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780742534926
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 1/1/2004
  • Pages: 382
  • Sales rank: 1,083,108
  • Product dimensions: 1.00 (w) x 6.00 (h) x 9.00 (d)

Meet the Author

William C. Heffernan is Professor of Criminal Law and Procedure at the John Jay College of Criminal Justice John Kleinig is currently a Professorial Fellow in Criminal Justice Ethics at the Center for Applied Philosophy and Public Ethics, Charles Sturt University in Australia

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Table of Contents

Part 1 Introduction Chapter 2 The Corruptibility of Corruption Part 3 I The Evolution of an Idea Chapter 4 Corruption and Justice: The View from Ancient Athens Chapter 5 Pure Corruption Chapter 6 The Contract from Hell: Corruption in Marlowe's Doctor Faustus Chapter 7 Ideas of Corruption in Eighteenth-Century England Part 8 II Ethical and Conceptual Conundrums Chapter 9 When Is a Campaign Contribution a Bribe? Chapter 10 A Market in Liberty: Corruption, Cooperation, and the Federal Crminal Justice System Part 11 III Responding to Corruption Chapter 12 Struggling Against Corruption Chapter 13 On Systemic Corruption in China and Its Influence Chapter 14 Comparing Corruption: Participation, Institutions, and Development Chapter 15 Corruption Prevention at Ground Zero2001-2002 Chapter 16 Index Chapter 17 About the Contributors

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