Corruption and the Secret of Law: A Legal Anthropological Perspective

1st Edition

Gerhard Anders, Monique Nuijten

Routledge
Published February 10, 2009
Reference - 234 Pages
ISBN 9780754676829 - CAT# Y237818
Series: Law, Justice and Power

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Summary

This volume presents an anthropological perspective on the hidden continuities between corruption and law. The authors argue that the two opposites, corruption and law, are inextricably linked - with the possibility of the former already inscribed into the latter. Taking a critical stance towards the normative good governance agenda spearheaded by institutions such as Transparency International and the World Bank, this volume argues that by uncritically depicting corruption as an absolute evil, these anti-corruption programs disregard the close relationship that exists between corruption and state power. Addressing various aspects of a complex and ambivalent phenomenon, Corruption and the Secret of Law draws on studies from different parts of the world including Burundi, China, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Mexico and the USA and provides a valuable resource for students, researchers and policy-makers working in this area.

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