Crime, Law and Social Change

, Volume 27, Issue 3–4, pp 231–254 | Cite as

The resources of corruption: Some reflections from the Italian Case

  • Donatella Della Porta
  • Alberto Vannucci


This article focuses on the resources used in corrupt exchanges and the complex network of actors involved. The empirical analysis is drawn from research into the Italian case, and is based on judicial investigations, a newspaper-based data bank, and interviews. Defining corruption as a market for political rent, the analysis focuses on the “commodities” which flow from the public to the private sectors (in particular, influence over political decisions and information) and those which flow in the opposite direction (such as bribes, influence on the mass media etc.). Resources which corrupt agents use to reduce the costs of “producing” corrupt services are also explored as well as the risks involved in hidden exchange.


Public Prosecutor ITALIAN Case American Political Science Review Public Decision Political Corruption 
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© Kluwer Academic Publishers 1997

Authors and Affiliations

  • Donatella Della Porta
    • 1
  • Alberto Vannucci
    • 2
  1. 1.Dipartimento di Scienze Politiche e SociologiaFirenzeItaly
  2. 2.Universitá degli Studi di PisaPisaItaly

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