To tackle corruption, we need to understand it

Thursday, 9 March, 2017

Bo Rothstein's opinion piece about corruption, which stems from his new co-authored book "Making sense of corruption". 

The standard definition of corruption has been a variation on the theme of “misuse of public position for private gain”. The problem with this is that what counts as abuse is not specified, resulting in a definition that is empty of substantial content. Another problem is that it invites relativism, in the sense that what can be considered abuse in one country is not necessarily so in another country. In our book, we try to solve the problem by a concentrating instead on what should be defined as the “opposite of corruption”. We define this as respect for the principle of impartiality in the implementation of public policies.

Read the full piece in Cap X