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Palgrave Macmillan

Preventing Corruption

Investigation, Enforcement and Governance

ISBN 9781137023858
Publication Date November 2013
Formats Hardcover Ebook (EPUB) Ebook (PDF) 
Publisher Palgrave Macmillan
Series Crime Prevention and Security Management

Preventing Corruption explores the problems involved in the contemporary investigation, enforcement and governance of international corruption, identifying that no one country or culture has a monopoly on corruption, as it ranges across the social spectrum and different cultures.

This unique international coverage explores the level of corruption in different public and private sectors of business for individuals and organizations around the world and highlights that some individuals and organizations benefit from corruption regardless of geographical location. It also examines the limits of current anti-corruption strategies, laws and conventions and considers the involvement of western democratic states in corruption, the concept of state capture and the corrupt use of private military organizations in conflict zones around the world.

This diverse critical analysis of international corruption includes under-explored areas such as bribery, whistle blowing and the use of private bodies and will be a highly valuable tool for scholars and practitioners alike.

Graham Brooks is Professor in Criminology at Wolverhampton University, School of Law, Social Sciences and Communications, UK.

David Walsh is Assistant Head, School of Law and Criminology, University of Derby, UK.

Chris Lewis, Senior Research Fellow and Visiting Professor, Institute of Criminal Justice Studies, University of Portsmouth, UK.

Hakkyong Kim, Professor, Department of Police Administration, Keimyung University, Daegu, South Korea.

Outline of book
1. Defining corruption
2. Measuring corruption
3. Explaining corruption 4. International compliance: The limitations to legislation
5. Encouraging Exposure
6. Threats, persuasion and sanctions as an aid to tackling corruption
7. State capture, corruption and the use of force
8. Private organisations as an extension of government power
9. Is all corruption bad? Understanding individual and organisational vested self-interest
Final reflections
Final thoughts: The Prevention of Corruption


"Preventing Corruption is a wide ranging and ambitious book which offers a concise and articulate insight into the world of corruption. The book draws upon a range of local and global sources to provide a scholarly and accessible account which will prove to be an excellent resource for students, researchers and practitioners." - Philip Hodgson, Nottingham Trent University, UK
"...this is a highly readable contribution to the criminology and political economy literatures; the book clearly presents the authors' key arguments in a cohesive and readable fashion. It is commendable for its suitability to both scholars and practitioners alike." - Ainsley D. Elbra, Criminal Law and Criminal Justice Books
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