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This chapter introduces corruption as a significant world problem, its various types, and notes that while there is a vast literature on the topic, there are few works by geographers that address the spatiality of corruption. It also explores the causes and consequences of corruption. Finally, it sketches the remainder of the book, offering brief summaries of chapters to come as well as the data sources used in the empirical analyses, notably the Corruption Perceptions Index calculated by Transparency International.
KeywordsTypes of corruption Causes of corruption Consequences of corruption Geography of corruption Transparency International
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