The meaning of corruption: testing the coherence and adequacy of corruption definitions

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dc.contributor.author Rose, Jonathan en
dc.date.accessioned 2017-09-18T15:13:32Z
dc.date.available 2017-09-18T15:13:32Z
dc.date.issued 2017-11-29
dc.identifier.citation Rose, J. The meaning of corruption: testing the coherence and adequacy of corruption definitions. Public Integrity en
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2086/14493
dc.description The file attached to this record is the author's final peer reviewed version. The Publisher's final version can be found by following the DOI link. en
dc.description.abstract Corruption is one of the most important issues facing the world today, yet despite its importance there remains significant confusion about exactly what corruption is. A multitude of definitions have been advanced, but there remains an inability to offer an authoritative definition. While this could be merely a reflection of trivial variations on the same theme, it is possible that it reflects substantive disagreements that may suggest that the current understanding of the conceptual nature of corruption is inadequate for the purposes to which it is put. This article critically reviews a variety of different approaches to defining and conceptualising corruption, suggesting potential areas of weakness in our definitions. The article then applies these definitions against a series of scenarios of putatively corrupt behaviour in an attempt to map the scope of the definitions. This analysis finds limited agreement between definitions about which behaviours ought to be classified as corrupt, which in turn reveals a limited ability to apply the concept of corruption definitively. Given the substantive importance of corruption, and the political importance of corruption evaluations, it appears that current understandings of corruption are not adequate. en
dc.language.iso en en
dc.publisher Taylor and Francis en
dc.subject Corruption en
dc.subject Integrity en
dc.subject Politics en
dc.title The meaning of corruption: testing the coherence and adequacy of corruption definitions en
dc.type Article en
dc.identifier.doi https://doi.org/10.1080/10999922.2017.1397999
dc.peerreviewed Yes en
dc.funder N/A en
dc.projectid N/A en
dc.cclicence CC-BY-NC en
dc.date.acceptance 2017-09-15 en


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