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Corruption and Government: Causes, Consequences, and Reform by [Rose-Ackerman, Susan]
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'Susan Rose-Ackerman is the founder of the recent political-economic literature on corruption. In this book she extends and deepens her earlier analysis to cover the manifold aspects of this persistent problem and provides a balanced and sophisticated discussion of the necessary reform agenda for both domestic actors and the international community. As governance and institutional issues get primacy in the academic literature and public policy discussion, this book will be a major reference volume.' Pranab Bardhan, University of California, Berkeley

'Susan Rose-Ackerman's Corruption and Government is a rich survey of the economics and politics of corruption, with attention to apparent cultural differences and a tough effort to commend devices for reform. The author offers accounts of successful programs of ending or massively reducing varied forms of corruption, and she give reason to believe that, once corruption is overcome, the practice of clean government can be very stable.' Russell Hardin, New York University

'Comprehensive in coverage but crisp in exposition, Corruption and Government applies a variety of analytic frames to the many forms of governmental corruption. It elucidates why corruption cannot be treated simply as another method for markets to clear and over-come bureaucratic impediments. It also provides sensible and informed suggestions about what reforms can accomplish.' Peter Reuter, University of Maryland

'Susan Rose-Ackerman is an authority on the world-wide phenomena of corruption … Susan Rise-Ackerman's book offers a clear cut analysis of corruption, particularity at the interface of government and the market. She spells out how corruption is not just as an economic problem but intimately bound up with politics … the book is manageable, written in a clear and crisp style providing a scholarly survey of just what a daunting, complex and important problem corruption is.' African Business

'Rose-Ackerman emphasizes the role of international organizations as well as domestic reformers, but notes that the breadth of their efforts must be matched by depth of detail and commitment if the new international policies and treaties are to be effective.' Michael Johnston, Colgate University

'Corruption and Government is a fine study of a costly phenomenon affecting countries at all levels of development. It uses economic theory to make arguments about the causes and consequences of corruption. Illustrations are drawn from a number of countries and from international organizations to illuminate key arguments. Scholars who work within the economic paradigm will find the book to be a stimulating synthesis and guide to reforms, while those in both the academic and practitioner communities less familiar with this paradigm will find the book both comprehensive and accessible.' Charles H. Levine 2000 Book Award Selection Committee

'Susan Rose-Ackerman's Corruption and Government: Causes, Consequences, and Reform makes a fresh and valuable contribution to existing literature on ethics in government. This book is recommended for everyone who is concerned about the devastating effect of corruption on effective and efficient service delivery by governments, especially in African and other countries of the South.' Politeia

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This book suggests how high levels of corruption limit investment and growth can lead to ineffective government. Corruption is a worldwide phenomenon that creates economic inefficiencies and inequities and negatively affects the political process as well. Effective reform cannot occur unless both the international community and domestic political leaders support change.

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  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press (28 Jun. 1999)
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  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00HWWPII8
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  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 2 customer reviews
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4.0 out of 5 stars Important book by a top expert in the field. 1 Mar. 2015
By Eric C Schwartz - Published on Amazon.com
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A bit dense for people who don't love the subject.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars 1 July 2015
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Amazing read if you are into the subject.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A pioneering scholar and advocate against political corruption probes all aspects of an omnipresent threat to good governance 5 Feb. 2014
By Frank T. Manheim - Published on Amazon.com
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Susan Rose-Ackerman is a leading researcher of political corruption and administrative law in U.S. and world societies.She is the Henry R. Luce Professor of Jurisprudence and co-director of the Center for Law, Economics, and Public Policy at Yale Law School. Her admirably simple and to-the-mark definition of corruption, "Misuse of public office for private or political gain" also indicates her attitude toward corruption. It may at times be better than alternatives (i.e.corrupt services may be better than no services at all) but for the most part the variants of corruption found in Democratic systems like patronage and clientilism are damaging to good governance and society.

In this book as well as other writings the author's style tends toward clarity, often using colloquialisms and reparting from the dense style often found in social science books Her conclusions also dissociate her from the increasingly accepting attitude of American media toward patronage systems and political power plays as normal or arguably valid political options. The book explores every aspect of corruption, its various forms and effects in different nations and circumstances, as well as reform. She notes that while corruption tends to promote a downward spiral toward greater abuse, clean government once achieved can be maintained for long periods.

The reason for my leaving off a fifth star is that the book does not bring in U.S. political history, that I find critical to place current trends and potentials for reform in context. It also does not provide detail relating to U.S. federal government operations.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Insightful but dry 20 May 2015
By Kevin Pallister - Published on Amazon.com
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Corruption and Government is at times an insightful analysis. Unfortunately, the insights are buried in what is an exceedingly dry presentation – dry even for a reader deeply interested in the subject. Rose-Ackerman offers an analytical overview of corruption from the view of an economist, and puts forward various prescriptions for combating corruption while acknowledging the need for different remedies in different contexts. Surprisingly, the book’s empirical material is mostly limited to references to the secondary literature and selected illustrative cases. Readers will not find in-depth case studies, comparisons, or quantitative evidence; rather, the book is primarily an analytic exposition of the causes and consequences of corruption, without rigorous empirical testing of hypotheses.

Also, although the book conceives of corruption fairly broadly as “the misuse of public power for private gain” (p. 91), the focus in much of the book is on bribes paid to public officials and bureaucrats – rather than, say, on forms of corruption such as embezzlement.

While Corruption and Government offers a number of insights, it is a difficult book to get through and would have benefitted from a clearer organizational structure. This is no doubt a must-read for serious scholars of corruption, but it is not pleasure reading for the casual reader interested in the subject.
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