"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."--Provided by publisher.
First published 2007 by Ashgate Publishing.
Formatted Contents Note
chapter 1 Corruption and the Secret of Law: An Introduction / Gerhard Anders part SYSTEMATIC CORRUPTION AND BUREAUCRATIC ITINERARIES chapter 2 Hidden Acts, Open Talks. How Anthropology Can "Observe" and Describe Corruption / Giorgio Blundo chapter 3 Deep Corruption in Indonesia: Discourses, Practices, Histories part THE INDETERMINACY OF THE LAW AND THE LEGAL PROFESSION chapter 4 Corruption Judgments in Pre-war Japan: Locating the Influence of Tradition, Morality, and Trust on Criminal Justice chapter 5 Corrupted Files: Cross-fading Defense Strategies of a Vesuvian Lawyer / Lima Holden part CORRUPTION ACCUSATIONS AND POLITICAL IMAGINARIES chapter 6 Corruption Narratives and the Power of Concealment: The Case of Burundi's Civil War / Simon Turner chapter 7 The Orchestration of Corruption and Excess Enjoyment in Western Mexico / Mexico Pieter de Vries part STATE OFFICIALS IN THE TWILIGHT ZONE chapter 8 Corruption or Social Capital? Tact and the Performance of Guanxi in Market Socialist China / Alan Smart chapter 9 Corruption in the US Borderlands with Mexico: The "Purity" of Society and the "Perversity" of Borders / Josiah McC. Hey man and Howard Campbell.