Corruption and Governmental Legitimacy : A Twenty-First Century Perspective, Hardback Book

Corruption and Governmental Legitimacy : A Twenty-First Century Perspective Hardback

Edited by Jonathan Mendilow, Ilan Peleg


This volume considers corruption as a multidimensional, complex phenomenon in which various forms of corruption may overlap at any given time.

Extending the seemingly paradoxical notion of "legal corruption" to such settings as the USA, Spain, and the Czech Republic, the book seeks to augment our understanding of corruption in democracies by focusing on conduct that is considered by large segments of the population to be corrupt even though they are not explicitly defined as such by the law or the governing elites.

Such behaviors are not often captured by corruption perception indexes or identified by scholars who regard corruption as a single category-usually restricted to bribery.

However, they are liable to incur a heavy price both in terms of trust in specific governments and of general system support.

As illustrated by developments in Spain, the Czech Republic, and the corrosive presidential campaign of 2016 in the USA, these actions are liable to endanger both the quality and actual viability of democratic orders.

This volume looks into the possibilities of legal reforms and anticorruption campaigns aiming to correct the consequences of such corruption on government legitimacy.

A comparison between the anticorruption campaigns in the competitive authoritarian context of Russia and the fully authoritarian setting of China helps to identify both the difficulties and the possibilities of such efforts in democratic regimes.


  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 324 pages, 11 Tables, unspecified; 14 Illustrations, black and white
  • Publisher: Lexington Books
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Crime & criminology
  • ISBN: 9781498533973



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