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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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Politics and Corruption

Politics and Corruption

(p.134) Chapter 8 Politics and Corruption
Interpreting Corruption

Peter Larmour

University of Hawai'i Press

This chapter focuses on the relationship between corruption and politics (and politicians) in the Pacific Islands, particularly as revealed in the National Integrity System (NIS) surveys and the arguments over the coup in Fiji. First, it looks at ideas about “politics” itself and ways it might be corrupt, before examining what the NIS reports had to say about corruption and the state (a container in which politics takes place), democracy (a type of politics), and nationalism (a political emotion, ideology, or movement). The chapter then looks in more detail at the relationship between corruption and economic nationalism (a theme in the NIS reports) and Affirmative Action campaigns (a theme in the Fiji cleanup campaign). Finally the chapter discusses the politics of “anti-politics”—a useful idea for understanding the support for the coup in Fiji.

Keywords:   politics, state, democracy, nationalism, economic nationalism, Affirmative Action campaigns, anti-politics, Fiji

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