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Interpreting Corruption Culture and Politics in the Pacific Islands by Peter Larmour
  

Interpreting Corruption Culture and Politics in the Pacific Islands

Part of the Topics in the Contemporary Pacific Series

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Interpreting Corruption Culture and Politics in the Pacific Islands by Peter Larmour

Corruption is a popular topic in the Pacific Islands. Politicians are accused of it and campaign against it. Fiji's coup leaders vowed to clean it up. Several countries have leadership codes designed to reduce corruption, and others have created specialized anti-corruption agencies. Donors, the World Bank, and NGOs such as Transparency International have made it an international issue. Yet there is often disagreement about what constitutes corruption and how seriously it matters. What some view as corrupt may be regarded as harmless by others. Existing laws have proved difficult to enforce and seem out of step with public opinion, which is often very suspicious of corrupt behavior among island elites. As well as talk there is silence: People fear the consequences of complaining. The dangers of anti-corruption campaigns became apparent during the cleanup following Fiji's 2006 coup.So what counts as corruption in the Pacific and what causes it? How much is really going on? How can we measure it? What types are present? Are gifts really bribes? Is culture an excuse for corruption? Is politics--in particular, democracy--intrinsically corrupt? In clear and concise language, this work attempts to answer these questions. The author takes a comparative approach, drawing on economics, law, political science, and anthropology, as well as literature and poetry from the region. He looks at Transparency International's studies of National Integrity Systems and at newer research, including events since the Fiji coup.Interpreting Corruption is a highly accessible and approachable look at an age-old problem. Those interested in the Pacific Islands and public integrity will find it remarkably comprehensive as will students and scholars of anthropology, sociology, and political studies.

About the Author

Peter Larmour is a political scientist at the Australian National University.

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Book Info

Publication date

1st January 2012

Author

Peter Larmour

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Publisher

University of Hawai'i Press

Format

Microfilm
208 pages

Categories

Political corruption

ISBN

9780824835149

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