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Corruption research: A need for an integrated approach

Andris Zimelis

International Area Studies Review, 2020, vol. 23, issue 3, 288-306

Abstract: This article reviews the main corruption literature trends and theoretical foundations and points out the challenges of existing explanations of corruption. The emphasis on broad national-level variables limits our understanding of corruption and anti-corruption processes at the local level. Corruption studies also suffer from the bias of focusing on developing countries and nation-states. These shortcomings can be remedied by using an integrated approach to studying corruption in western countries and cities.

Keywords: Corruption; anti-corruption; democracies; research methodology; developing countries (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2020
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DOI: 10.1177/2233865920926778

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