Corruption-Specific Security Challenge

  • Dusko TomicEmail author
  • Eldar Saljic
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Part of the Advances in Science, Technology & Innovation book series (ASTI)


Corruption in ancient Greece or Rome was usually expressed through bribes. It can even be said that as the state progressed and gained new forms, corruption developed alongside with it. This paper addresses the corruption-specific security challenge in Europe. Today, there are no societies that morally or lawfully accept abuse of power or think that the political position or public service should be used for personal gain through commercial contracts involving public interest. The moral categorization of this behavior is not questioned anywhere. However, the secondary efficiency of the legal system for the detection, prosecution, and punishment is being questioned. Newer times bring up something new: a large offer and the intent of global traders to get new business opportunities and sell products through corruption, destroying people with moral and circumventing legal barriers, making corruption the part of a system. Such behavior makes the public getting used to bribe and weakens the efficiency of the rule of law. Corruption is the opposite of all fundamental modern postulates in capitalism. Capitalism justifies wealth through hard work and property is considered sacred, just like the protection of private property and equity. Public services are considered something that does not belong to an individual but serves everyone else. Criminal forms of corruption occur through bribing and acceptance of bribes, as well as through abuse of power and financial frauds, unlawful mediation, and fraud. Someone using his function for personal gain threatens the foundation of the governmental and economic structures. In some countries, especially in developing countries, corruption is a serious economic and political problem. There are expression tendencies that characterize corruption: organization, participant’s status, protection of individuals, important benefits of the unlawfully gained advantages, wealth without any fundamentals, connection to influential social factors, and problems in the detection and securing of evidence.


Corruption Security Organized crime Prevention 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.College of Security and Global StudiesAmerican University in the EmiratesDubaiUAE

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