On Political Corruption

Laurence Whitehead

in Democratization

Published in print July 2002 | ISBN: 9780199253289
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191600326 | DOI:

Series: Oxford Studies in Democratization

On Political Corruption

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Is mainly concerned with political corruption in newly established democracies, and in particular with the enhanced potential for monetary corruption when untried representative institutions are established in a context of acute economic inequalities. In theory, there are three main defences against such political corruption—legal, electoral, and market‐based—but the evidence suggests that such defences are easily breached.

Keywords: corruption; elections; inequality; markets; rule of law

Chapter.  8461 words. 

Subjects: Politics

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