Political Corruption: Conceptual and Practical lssues (2004)

  • Claus OffeEmail author
Part of the Ausgewählte Schriften von Claus Offe book series (ASCO, volume 5)


The agenda of this essay is simple and unoriginal. First, I want to cut down the concept of corruption to a scope that minimizes its gray zones and fuzziness. An (incomplete) list of phenomena somehow neighboring (or perhaps forming subcases of) political corruption reads as follows: fraud, embezzlement, theft, nepotism, cronyism, gifts, tips, donations, clientelism, connections, networks, lobbying, bargaining, mafioso protection rackets, patronage, conflict of interest, kleptocracy.


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  1. 1.Humboldt-Universität Berlin und Hertie School of GovernanceBerlinDeutschland

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