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Syndromes of Corruption
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  • Page extent: 282 pages
  • Size: 228 x 152 mm
  • Weight: 0.59 kg

Library of Congress

  • Dewey number: 364.1323
  • Dewey version: 22
  • LC Classification: n/a
  • LC Subject headings:
    • Corruption

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 (ISBN-13: 9780521853347 | ISBN-10: 0521853346)

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Corruption is a threat to democracy and economic development in many societies. It arises in the ways people pursue, use and exchange wealth and power, and in the strength or weakness of the state, political and social institutions that sustain and restrain those processes. Differences in these factors, Michael Johnston argues, give rise to four major syndromes of corruption: Influence Markets, Elite Cartels, Oligarchs and Clans, and Official Moguls. Johnston uses statistical measures to identify societies in each group, and case studies to show that the expected syndromes do arise.


Preface; 1. Wealth, power and corruption; 2. The international setting: power, consensus and policy; 3. Participation, institutions and syndromes of corruption; 4. Influence markets: influence for rent, decisions for sale; 5. Elite cartels: How to buy friends and govern people; 6. Oligarchs and clans: we are family - and you're not; 7. Official moguls: reach out and squeeze someone; 8. From analysis to reform; Appendix A; Appendix B; References; Index.

Prize Winner

Winner, 2009 University of Louisville Grawemeyer Award for Ideas Improving World Order

Choice Outstanding Academic Title 2006


"This text is a brilliant step forward in the comparative study and response to political corruption. […] The author breaks new ground by combining cross-sectional methodologies with descriptive case studies… Highly recommended."

"A broadened and nuanced view of corruption, showing it as even more complex than we imagine."
-Future Survey

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