The SAGE Handbook of Comparative Politics presents in one volume an authoritative overview of the theoretical, methodological, and substantive elements of comparative political science. The 28 specially commissioned chapters, written by renowned comparative scholars, guide the reader through the central issues and debates, presenting a state-of-the-art guide to the past, present, and possible futures of the field.
Chapter 19: Corruption
After decades during which corruption received relatively little attention from academics and political practitioners alike, there was a veritable explosion of interest in the issue after the end of the Cold War. Not only did corruption scandals become major news stories in both the developed and developing worlds, but a consensus began to emerge amongst both anti-corruption activists and western governments alike that corruption represented a major risk to socio-economic progress and development. Indeed, there is a sense in which corruption replaced another ‘c-word’ as the major threat facing western democracies, a view most explicitly expressed by the controversial former governor of the World Bank, Paul Wolfowitz, when he called corruption the ‘greatest evil facing the world since communism’ (Wintour and Leigh, 2005). Certainly, ...