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Institutional Corruption

Published inElgar Encyclopedia of Corruption and Society, Editors L. de Sousa, S. Coroado
PublisherCheltenham : Edward Elgar Publishing
Publication date2024-05-06

Corruption is a two-faced threat to the functioning of public institutions. The individual face of corruption is that of the proverbial “bad apple” whose corrupt motives corrupt the functioning of the institution. The greedy public officer who takes bribes is the example that most people have in mind when they think of individual corruption. The institutional face of corruption is that of corrupt institutional practices or mechanisms, the proverbial “barrels” that are built of distorting rules and procedures, or that create opportunities and incentives for corrupt behavior by public officeholders. In the literature, these two faces of corruption have been understood as separate or intertwined pathologies of public institutional action. The “Discontinuity view” understands individual and institutional corruption as separate but possibly contingently related phenomena. The “Continuity view” sees individual and institutional corruption as constitutively linked along possible patterns of structural relationship.

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  • Corruption
  • public institutions
  • officeholders
  • ethics of office
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CEVA, Emanuela, FERRETTI, Maria Paola. Institutional Corruption. In: Elgar Encyclopedia of Corruption and Society. Cheltenham : Edward Elgar Publishing, 2024.
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