Corruption in Contemporary Politics

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Palgrave Macmillan, 2003 - Political Science - 274 pages
Political corruption has recently emerged as a key new area in the study of advanced industrial nations. The wave of corruption scandals since the 1990s has made it apparent that not only is the phenomenon more visible than it has been in the past, but also that its sheer scale in some countries has had a significant effect on the functioning of political institutions. This development has led political scientists to become increasingly aware that in order to understand the way in which democratic countries govern themselves, a thorough understanding is needed of the various aspects of political corruption. What are its causes, dynamics and consequences? How are the authorities attempting to combat corruption? Corruption in Contemporary Politics explores the significance of the phenomenon for contemporary Western democracies, as well as for the new democracies of Eastern Europe, for the European Union and at the international level.

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STAFFAN ANDERSSON Department of Political Science, Umea University, Sweden JENS CHRISTOPHER ANDVIG Senior Researcher, Norwegian Institute of International Affairs MIGUEL CAINZOS Associate Professor of Sociology, University of Santiago de Compostela, Spain NEIL COLLINS Professor and Head of Department, University College, Cork, Ireland LIEVEN DE WINTER Professor of Politics, Université Catholique de Louvain, Belgium ALAN DOIG Professor of Public Services Management, University of Teesside, UK JOCELYN EVANS Lecturer in Politics, University of Salford, UK J. H. J. VAN DEN HEUVEL Professor of Policy Sciences, Vrije Universiteit, Amsterdam, The Netherlands LESLIE HOLMES Professor of Political Science, University of Melbourne, Australia L. W. J. C. HUBERTS Professor of Policy Studies and Criminal Justice, Vrije Universiteit, Amsterdam, The Netherlands FERNANDO JIMINÉZ Associate Professor of Political Science, University of Santiago de Compostela, Spain KLEOMONIS KOUTSOUKIS Professor of Political Science, Panteion University, Athens, Greece JOSÉ MAGONE Senior Lecturer in European Politics, University of Hull, UK JOANNA MCKAY Senior Lecturer in Politics, Nottingham Trent University, UK DAVID NELKEN Distinguished Professor of Legal Institutions and Social Change, University of Macerata, Italy and Distinguished Research Professor of Law, University of Wales, Cardiff MARY O'SHEA Lecturer in Irish Politics, University College, Cork, Ireland ALBRECHT ROTHACHER Director for Public Affairs, Asia Europe Foundation, Singapore PETRUS C. VAN DUYNE Professor of Empirical Penal Science, University of Tilburg, The Netherlands ROBERT WILLIAMS Professor of Politics, University of Durham, UK