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Interpreting CorruptionCulture and Politics in the Pacific Islands$
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Peter Larmour

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780824835149

Published to Hawaii Scholarship Online: November 2016

DOI: 10.21313/hawaii/9780824835149.001.0001

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(p.1) Chapter 1 Introduction
Interpreting Corruption

Peter Larmour

University of Hawai'i Press

This introductory chapter presents the main themes and arguments for a study into corruption in the Pacific Islands. It discusses the complicated meanings of the term “corruption” and the differing perceptions (cultural and otherwise) that muddy the concept even further. At the same time the chapter provides an overview of the Pacific Islands, with the intent of an intermediate approach—area studies—which looks at a small number of countries with certain shared background conditions of history, geography, and language. Coupled with this is an introduction to the terms and definitions throughout the book, as well as a brief outline of the succeeding chapters. Finally, the chapter contains the author's own personal reflections on and experiences of corruption, tying these together into the study's goals of gaining a better understanding of corruption in its myriad facets.

Keywords:   corruption, Pacific Islands, area studies, relativist view, Gothic view, Pacific Islands politics, non-governmental organizations, NGOs

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