Corruption, Contention and Reform: The Power of Deep Democratization

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Cambridge University Press, 2014 - Business & Economics - 296 pages
Michael Johnston argues that corruption will persist, and even be the rule rather than the exception, until those with a stake in ending it can act in ways that cannot be ignored. This is the key principle of 'deep democratization', enabling citizens to defend their interests by political means. The author analyses four syndromes of corruption in light of this principle: official moguls in Egypt and Tunisia, oligarchs and clans in the Philippines, elite cartels in Argentina, and influence markets in France, Australia and the US. Johnston argues that different kinds of corruption require distinctive responses, each bearing specific risks. Focusing on recent events, including the global economic crisis and the Arab Spring, he shows that we can assess vulnerabilities to corruption and the effects of reforms, and use this information to identify new practices. His book offers a fundamental reappraisal of ways to check abuses of wealth and power.

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Reform in an imperfect world
Deep democratization and the control of corruption
reform in fragile
power protection and profits
high stakes and insecurity
hanging on with a little help from my friends
wealth and power versus
building and sustaining citizen engagement
Appendix Recognizing the syndromes of corruption

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Michael Johnston is the Charles A. Dana Professor of Political Science at Colgate University.

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