A new volume, the Routledge Handbook of Political Corruption, has just been published and includes a number of chapters by ANTICORRP researchers. Edited by project researcher Paul Heywood, the volume provides a comprehensive overview of the key issues involved in the analysis of corruption. Comprising 24 chapters, all specially commissioned for the volume, by a range of experts from across North America and Europe, the volume offers a showcase for some of the most innovative and exciting research currently being conducted on the topic of corruption. The new book is divided into four core themes, dealing respectively with understanding and defining the nature of corruption, identifying its causes, measuring its extent, and analysing its consequences. A fifth section of the book explores new directions that are emerging in corruption research.
Bo Rothstein (with Jan Teorell), contributes a chapter on the causes of corruption; Carl Dahlström has written on bureaucracy and corruption; Davide Torsello explores the ethnographic study of corruption; Lena Wängnerud covers gender and corruption; and Heather Marquette looks at religion, ethics and corruption. ANTICORRP advisory board member, Michael Johnston, provides a thought-provoking reflection and reassessment of how the agenda of corruption research has developed since the end of the Cold War and where it may go in the future.
Amongst other leading academics who have contributed to the volume are, Mark E. Warren, who explores what corruption means in a democracy, Eric Uslaner, who writes on the consequences of corruption, Frank Anechiarico, who with Staffan Andersson looks at conflicts of interest, and Johann Graf Lambsdorff, who offers insight into counterintuitive approaches to fighting corruption, based on the unintended consequences of zero tolerance.
The volume ranges widely in geographical terms, with chapters focusing on corruption in Nigeria (Daniel Jordan Smith), India (Andrew Sanchez), China (Melanie Manion), Latin America (Brian M Faughnan and Mitchell Seligson) and the European Union (Carolyn Warner). It also explores different methodological approaches, for instance with pieces on randomised response techniques as a means of measurement (Nathan Jensen and Aminur Rahman), ethnography, as well as how to assess perceptions (Jonathan Rose). Other chapters look at such issues as morality in modern markets (Sarah Bracking), what cross-national empirical research can really reveal about causes of corruption (Daniel Treisman), sport (David Forrest and Wolfgang Maennig), and freedom of information legislation (Ben Worthy and Tom McClean).
Unlike many other handbooks on corruption, which are compilations of pieces that have already been published elsewhere, the Routledge Handbook of Political Corruption is comprised of new pieces aimed at providing accessible, yet up-to-date, overviews of core themes. It is likely to become a standard reference point for those seeking to explore and understand developments in research on political corruption. Further details about the volume can be found here: http://www.routledge.com/books/details/9780415617789/.