This book explores illegal forms of corruption and, more widely, moral and legal forms of corruption. The authors draw on detailed ethnographic accounts of corrupt practice at local, national and international levels. Coverage includes both Western and non-Western societies, from Italy to Latin America, to Albania, Africa and post-Soviet bureaucracy in Russia, Mongolia and Kazakhstan. There is also a chapter on corruption in the context of globalization. Key issues discussed include the problems caused by the inflated rhetoric of corruption and by the inadequacy of official definitions. The authors look at measures designed to bring corruption under some degree of control, discussing the level of legal intervention compatible with public expectations and with the dynamics of trust and responsibility. This fascinating book makes a significant contribution to our understanding of conflicting public and private moralities.

chapter 1|18 pages

Introduction: Corruption, Morality and the Law

ByItalo Pardo

chapter 2|14 pages

Interés, Morality and Legality in Southern Spain

ByJohn Corbin

chapter 6|16 pages

Shanghaied by the Bureaucracy: Bribery and Post-Soviet Officialdom in Russia and Mongolia

ByCaroline Humphrey, David Sneath

chapter 7|18 pages

Corruption in Post-Soviet Kazakhstan

ByJakob Rigi

chapter 8|16 pages

Rotten Talk: Corruption as a Part of Discourse in Contemporary Latvia

ByKlavs Sedlenieks

chapter 9|20 pages

The ‘Cancer of Corruption’

ByElizabeth Harrison

chapter 10|26 pages

Corruption as the Mirror of the State in Latin America

ByJohn Gledhill