Corruption, commonly defined as the misuse of public office for private gains, is multifaceted, multidimensional and ubiquitous. This edited collection, featuring contributions from leading scholars in the field of corruption, goes beyond the standard enforcement framework wherein individuals only compare the expected costs and benefits of a corrupt act. These chapters explore the political-cultural contexts, legal and regulatory process and, above all, moral and psychological factors in attempts to understand and explain corruption. The book explores a broad canvas where gender, technology, culture and institutional structures influence attitudes towards corruption.

Design and implementation of anti-corruption strategies benefit from suitable identification of these factors contributing to the prevalence and persistence of corruption. Combining theoretical and empirical studies with evidence from experiments as well as case studies, the book provides crucial state of the art in corruption research in a highly accessible manner. This book serves as a vital reference to students and scholars in economics, politics and development studies. Additionally, policymakers and development practitioners can use the insights from this book in successful design and implementation of anti-corruption policies.

chapter 1|5 pages

The Political Economy of Corruption

Some New Perspectives

chapter 2|9 pages

The Political Economy of Corruption

On the Link between Corruption Control and Cronyism

chapter 3|16 pages

Corruption, Institutional Trust and Legitimacy

A Vicious Circle

chapter 5|13 pages

Corruption and Optimal Enforcement

chapter 7|13 pages

Corruption and the Financial Sector

An Examination of the Literature

chapter 8|15 pages

Stopping the Rot I

A Review of Models and Experimental Methods of Corruption Experiments

chapter 9|24 pages

Stopping the Rot II

Consequences, Causes and Policy Lessons from the Recent Experiments on Corruption

chapter 11|19 pages

The Culture-Corruption Hypothesis Revisited

Organizational Culture, Corruption and Worker Preferences

chapter 13|27 pages

Corruption in Europe

The Underestimated Devil and the Role of the European Union

chapter 14|17 pages

Tackling Corruption

Practical Perspectives