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5.0 out of 5 stars The Murky World of Corruption
Cockcroft's Global Corruption excels as a lightning tour of the corruption stories throughout the world, but its importance comes from the questions he asks - why corruption? what is the damage from corruption? what progress, if any, in reducing corruption? Within this murky world Cockcroft does justice to the few heroes - Eva Joly, John Githongo, the late Giovanni...
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2.0 out of 5 stars Bit of a disappointment
Though an interesting introduction to the subject of global corruption this book is unfortunately let down by poor editing and fact checking. The frequent occurrence of minor errors, mis-spelt names and misinterpretations proves highly distracting from the overall narrative. This is disappointing - not least for a book costing the best part of 25 pounds.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Murky World of Corruption, 24 Jan. 2013
Cockcroft's Global Corruption excels as a lightning tour of the corruption stories throughout the world, but its importance comes from the questions he asks - why corruption? what is the damage from corruption? what progress, if any, in reducing corruption? Within this murky world Cockcroft does justice to the few heroes - Eva Joly, John Githongo, the late Giovanni Falcone, Nuhu Ribado. His agenda is wide, taking in secrecy jurisdictions, political funding, and climate change financing. The book reflects Cockcroft's own twenty-year experience as a co-founder of Transparency international, but what he gives the reader is a punchy 230 pages of extraordinary global range.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good canter round the issues and some good anecdotes but ..., 24 Mar. 2014
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This is a well written and compelling read which grips rather in the way murder stories do; the sheer ghastliness of some of the corruption stories are hypnotising. The author is good at explaining how corporations, keen to do business, become sucked into the maw of Giant Corruption, and how important it is that governments take steps to kill off the beast. Also how important transparency is to fighting corruption. I have two concerns about the book; first, it adopts the Amnesty International line that all governments/cultures/countries/peoples are (equally?) guilty of corruption (in AI's case torture) and secondly it fails to take account of the sheer difficulty of doing business in corrupt countries or give due acknowledgement to the many companies which play by the book, despite risking the bottom line. The first point is important: the truth is that some cultures are more receptive to corruption than others and failing to acknowledge this point and discuss the details gives the book the patina of political correctness, as if the text had been checked by a Guardian editor. But a good contribution none the less.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Bit of a disappointment, 4 April 2013
Though an interesting introduction to the subject of global corruption this book is unfortunately let down by poor editing and fact checking. The frequent occurrence of minor errors, mis-spelt names and misinterpretations proves highly distracting from the overall narrative. This is disappointing - not least for a book costing the best part of 25 pounds.
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