Corruption is a globalising phenomenon. Not only is it rapidly expanding globally but, more significantly, its causes, its means and forms of perpetration and its effects are more and more rooted in the many developments of globalisation. The Panama Papers, the FIFA scandals and the Petrobras case in Brazil are just a few examples of the rapid and alarming globalisation of corrupt practices in recent years. The lack of empirical evidence on corrupt schemes and a still imperfect dialogue between different disciplinary areas and between academic and practitioners hinder our knowledge of corruption as a global phenomenon and slow down the adoption of appropriate policy responses.

Corruption in the Global Era seeks to establish an interdisciplinary dialogue between theory and practice and between different disciplines and to provide a better understanding of the multifaceted aspects of corruption as a global phenomenon. This book gathers top experts across various fields of both the academic and the professional world – including criminology, economics, finance, journalism, law, legal ethics and philosophy of law – to analyze the causes and the forms of manifestation of corruption in the global context and in various sectors (sports, health care, finance, the press etc.) from the most disparate perspectives. The theoretical frameworks elaborated by academics are here complemented by precious insider accounts on corruption in different areas, such as banking and finance and the press. The expanding links between corrupt practices and other global crimes, such as money laundering, fraud and human trafficking, are also explored. This book is an important resource to researchers, academics and students in the fields of law, criminology, sociology, economics and ethics, as well as professionals, particularly solicitors, barristers, businessmen and public servants.

part I|23 pages


chapter 1|21 pages

Corruption and globalisation

Towards an interdisciplinary scientific understanding of corruption as a global crime

part II|102 pages

Corruption beyond bribery and illegality

chapter 2|18 pages

Fostering business relationships or an inducement to improper performance

An analysis of the role of corporate hospitality following the implementation of the Bribery Act 2010

chapter 4|16 pages

The Grey Zone

Where does financial corruption begin and competitiveness end? The case of financial product misselling

chapter 5|16 pages

The UK national press

Reform and corruption

chapter 6|16 pages

The Welsh Premier League and the ‘significant risk’ to match-manipulation

Is a specific offence required?

part III|106 pages

Causes of corruption: Motivations, opportunities and sources

chapter 7|11 pages

The source of corruption

The link between the centrality of money in contemporary Western societies and new developments in political corruption

chapter 10|31 pages

Teenage kicks

How the structural adolescence of the football sector engenders a risk of money laundering, corruption and other economic crimes

chapter 11|21 pages

Brexit, integrity and corruption

Local and global challenges

part IV|84 pages

Forms of manifestation and effects: the transnationality and transversality of corruption

chapter 12|23 pages

Financial crises and fraud

A pattern emerges

chapter 13|19 pages

Corruption in World Bank–financed development projects

A phenomenon-focused examination

chapter 15|17 pages

Corruption and human trafficking

A holistic approach

chapter 16|11 pages

Fair play and refereeing

A legal strategy against corruption in sport