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Party-Directed Corruption in the Developing World

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This article questions the widely-held understanding that corruption is the misuse of public office for private gain. By focusing on party-directed corruption, it becomes clear that actors who do not hold public office oftentimes facilitate corruption and that corruption is sometimes undertaken to advance prerogatives rather than personal interests. I suggest an alternative understanding of corruption, as societally-undesirable actions involving public officials and other actors that would reduce a state's legitimacy were they to become widely known. I also discuss new methodologies for measuring corruption.
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Document Type: Review Article

Publication date: April 1, 2015

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  • Comparative Politics is an international journal that publishes scholarly articles devoted to the comparative analysis of political institutions and behavior. It was founded in 1968 to further the development of comparative political theory and the application of comparative theoretical analysis to the empirical investigation of political issues. Comparative Politics communicates new ideas and research findings to social scientists, scholars, and students, and is valued by experts in research organizations, foundations, and consulates throughout the world.
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