publication . Research . 1999

Political Corruption: An Introduction to the Issues

Amundsen, Inge;
Open Access English
  • Published: 01 Jan 1999
  • Publisher: Chr. Michelsen Institute
  • Country: Norway
Corruption is generally defined as the misuse of public authority, and political corruption is here defined as corruption in which the political decision-makers are involved. In addition to a review of the various definitions of corruption a classification of the various forms of corruption (bribery, embezzlement, fraud and extortion), this paper presents two alternative theories on corruption ("extractive" and "redistributive") in order to illustrate the effects of corruption in various regime types. Furthermore, the paper presents some causes and effects of corruption, in particular in economic and political terms. Finally, there various sources of anti-corrup...
free text keywords: Corruption, Political corruption, Neo-patriomonialism, Democratisation
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