Political corruption: the internal enemy of public institutions

PublisherNew York : Oxford University Press
Publication date2021

This book discusses political corruption and anticorruption as a matter of public ethics. It develops a normative account of political corruption as a relationally wrongful practice that consists in an unaccountable use of the power of office. Most current discussions of what political corruption is and why it is wrong have concentrated either on explaining and assessing it as a matter of an individual's corrupt character and motives or as a dysfunction of institutional procedures. However, surprisingly little scholarly attention has been devoted to discussing the relation between these two dimensions of political corruption. This book fills this gap by showing how appreciating the specificity of this phenomenon and the depth and breadth of its wrongness requires understanding the way political corruption is a failure of the role-based interactions between the occupants of institutional roles. Political corruption is thus a matter of public ethics because it is a problem inherent to the functioning of public institutions, understood as a system of interrelated embodied roles, and the conduct of the officeholders occupying those roles. By showing the common root of the corruption of public officials and institutional practices, the book points to the need for developing and maintaining an interactively just institutional system by upholding a public ethics of office accountability

  • political theory
  • political philosophy
  • corruption
  • anti-corruption
  • public ethics
  • accountability
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CEVA, Emanuela, FERRETTI, Maria Paola. Political corruption: the internal enemy of public institutions. New York : Oxford University Press, 2021. doi: 10.1093/oso/9780197567869.001.0001
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