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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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Explaining Corruption

Explaining Corruption

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(p.60) Chapter 4 Explaining Corruption
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Interpreting Corruption
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Peter Larmour

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University of Hawai'i Press
DOI:10.21313/hawaii/9780824835149.003.0004

This chapter identifies several diagnoses of corruption in the Pacific Islands. Some but not all suggest cures. The aim here is to show the range of possibilities and that older approaches are still relevant today. Behind these practical concerns is an interest in the two-way street that runs between theory and practice. The relationship between diagnosis and cure is not direct and one-way. Cures may come before diagnosis, and anti-corruption campaigns may have unintended side effects. Thus the chapter first looks at what Transparency International's (TI) focus groups and the National Integrity System (NIS) reports diagnosed. Then it considers four broader diagnoses: constitutional, economic, anthropological, and criminological.

Keywords:   corruption, Transparency International, National Integrity System, Pacific Islands, anti-corruption

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