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Upholding Institutions in the Midst of Conflicts: The Threat of Political Corruption

Published inEthics & Global Politics, no. 1961379
Publication date2021

Scholars and international organizations engaged in institutional reconstruction converge in recognizing political corruption as a cause or a consequence of conflicts. Anticorruption is thus generally considered a centerpiece of institutional reconstruction programs. A common approach to anticorruption within this context aims primarily to counter the negative political, social, and economic effects of political corruption, or implement legal anticorruption standards and punitive measures. We offer a normative critical discussion of this approach particularly when it is initiated and sustained by external entities. We recast the focus from an outward to an inward perspective on institutional action and failure centered on the institutional interactions between officeholders. In so doing, we offer the normative tools to reconceptualize anticorruption in terms of an institutional ethics of “office accountability” that draws on an institution's internal resources of self-correction as per the officeholders' interrelated work

  • Corruption
  • Anticorruption
  • Accountability
  • Conflict
  • Institutional reconstruction
  • Post-conflict transition
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CEVA, Emanuela, FERRETTI, Maria Paola. Upholding Institutions in the Midst of Conflicts: The Threat of Political Corruption. In: Ethics & Global Politics, 2021, n° 1961379. doi: 10.1080/16544951.2021.1961379
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ISSN of the journal1654-4951

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