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Institutional Corruption
A Study in Applied Philosophy


  • Author: Seumas Miller, Charles Sturt University, New South Wales and Technische Universiteit Delft, The Netherlands
  • Date Published: July 2019
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521689632

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  • In this book, Seumas Miller develops distinctive philosophical analyses of corruption, collective responsibility and integrity systems, and applies them to cases in both the public and the private sectors. Using numerous well-known examples of institutional corruption, he explores a variety of actual and potential anti-corruption measures. The result is a wide-ranging, theoretically sophisticated and empirically informed work on institutional corruption and how to combat it. Part I defines the key concepts of corruption, power, collective responsibility, bribery, abuse of authority and nepotism; Part II discusses anti-corruption and integrity systems, corruption investigations and whistle-blowing; and Part III focuses on corruption and anti-corruption in specific institutional settings, namely policing, finance, business and government. Integrating theory with practical approaches, this book will be important for those interested in the philosophy and ethics of corruption as well as for those who work to combat it.

    • Provides a new theory of corruption and presents a distinctive philosophical account of collective moral responsibility
    • Explores practical, real-world approaches to combating corruption in a variety of settings in both the public and private sectors, from government and policing to business and finance
    • Uses numerous examples of famous cases of institutional corruption to illustrate its different manifestations
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    Reviews & endorsements

    'In Institutional Corruption, Miller has offered a critically important engagement with past and ongoing instances of corruption in our institutions, and uses these engagements to offer a theoretically sophisticated (though incredibly clear and engaging) philosophical account. I applaud Miller on this timely work, which will prove to be an important grounding point for the continuing discussions of corruption taking place in our current political climate.' Heather Stewart, Philosophy in Review

    'Seumas Miller has written a necessary book for our current political era. Institutional Corruption: A Study in Applied Philosophy offers a philosophical taxonomy and diagnostic for what is probably the most intractable problem in human politics, the corruption of public and private institutions … The most important and most radical concept in his creative work here is that of joint rights … The concept of joint rights is … a powerful rebuke to the dominant concept in the thinking of many contemporary politicians, state leaders, and the corporate barons who lobby them: that a right can be held and manifest only by an individual.' Adam Riggio, Social Epistemology Review and Reply Collective

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    Product details

    • Date Published: July 2019
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521689632
    • dimensions: 230 x 153 x 20 mm
    • weight: 0.45kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Part I. Corruption: Theory:
    1. Institutions
    2. Social power
    3. Defining corruption
    4. Noble cause corruption
    5. Bribery, nepotism, fraud and abuse of authority
    6. Institutional responsibility: individual and collective
    Part II. Anti-Corruption: Practice:
    7. Integrity systems
    8. Investigations
    9. Integrity systems for occupations
    10. Whistleblowing
    Part III. Contexts of Corruption:
    11. Market-based institutions
    12. Banking and finance
    13. Police organisations
    14. Government.

  • Author

    Seumas Miller, Charles Sturt University, New South Wales and Technische Universiteit Delft, The Netherlands
    Seumas Miller has research appointments at Charles Sturt University, New South Wales, Technische Universiteit Delft, The Netherlands, and the University of Oxford. His publications include The Moral Foundations of Social Institutions (Cambridge, 2010), Shooting to Kill: The Ethics of Police and Military Use of Lethal Force (2016), and Corruption and Anti-Corruption in Policing (2016).

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