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Corruption: A Very Short Introduction [#426]
Corruption: A Very Short Introduction [#426]
  • One of the first comprehensive introductions to the global problem of corruption
  • Looks at what corruption is and the effect it has
  • Considers the main causes of corruption and explore the ways in which corruption levels can be lowered
  • Explores ways to address examples of corruption from across the globe

Corruption is one of the biggest global issues, ahead of extreme poverty, unemployment, the rising cost of food and energy, climate change, and terrorism. It is thought to be one of the principal causes of poverty around the globe. Its significance in the contemporary world cannot be undervalued. 

In this Very Short Introduction Leslie Holmes considers why the international community has only highlighted corruption as a problem in the past two decades, despite its presence throughout the millennia. Holmes explores the phenomenon from several different perspectives, from the cultural differences affecting how corruption is defined, its impact, and its various causes to the possible remedies. Providing evidence of corruption and considering ways to address it around the world, this is an important introduction to a significant and serious global issue.
Reading Guide


1: What is corruption?
2: Why corruption is a problem
3: Can we measure corruption?
4: Psycho-social and cultural causes
5: System-related causes
6: What can states do?
7: What else can be done?
Further reading

About the author: 

Leslie Holmes, Professor of Political Science, University of Melbourne, Australia, and a recurrent visiting professor at the Graduate School of Social Research in Warsaw, the University of Bologna, and the People's University in Beijing. He has also taught at the International Anti-Corruption Academy in Vienna and at intensive workshops on corruption in Belgrade and Sofia. His principal research specialisations are corruption, communism, and post-communism. He has authored or edited 14 books and numerous articles and book chapters. His publications include Rotten States? (Duke UP, 2006), Communism(OUP, 2009), Post-Communist Democratization (co-authored with John Dryzek - CUP, 2002), and two edited collections, Terrorism, Organised Crime, and Corruption (Elgar, 2007) and Trafficking and Human Rights (Elgar, 2010). He has been a Fellow of the Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia since 1995.

"sensible [and] serious analysis" - New Statesman, Peter Oborne

"Holmes, a prolific writer on corruption, provides a wonderfully comprehensive and accessible introduction to all aspects of corruption ... Summing up: Highly recommended, undergraduates and above; general readers. Essential for all academic and public libraries." - Gillian Brock, Choice

"a pithy yet global and comprehensive view of the subject" - New Internationalist

"Here the Australian sociologist Leslie Holmes has done us a huge favour in providing this easy and quick to read short guide to corruption" - Concatenation

Product details

ISBN : 9780199689699

Leslie Holmes
168 Pages
111 x 174 mm
Pub date
Apr 2015
Very Short Introductions
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Corruption: A Very Short Introduction [#426]

Corruption: A Very Short Introduction [#426]

Corruption: A Very Short Introduction [#426]