Encyclopedia of Business and Professional Ethics

Living Edition
| Editors: Deborah C Poff, Alex C. Michalos

Global Corruption

  • Frank VoglEmail author
Living reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-23514-1_132-1


Professor Laura S. Underkuffler has noted that: “Corruption is an explicitly moral notion; corruption describes, in general parlance, a powerful all-consuming evil.” She goes on to say that this idea, although often unarticulated, permeates both popular and technical discussions of the subject. Furthermore, because of the power of this idea, any approach to corruption that fails to reckon with its moral aspect will be both descriptively and programmatically inadequate.”1

Ensuring that an understanding of corruption needs to include a moral dimension takes the issue of corruption beyond the confines of the many laws that relate to the subject. Legal definitions often fail to capture the full dimensions of corruption. This is also the case when using the word bribery which is frequently treated as a synonym for corruption. Transparency International (TI), a global, nongovernmental, anti-corruption organization, defines corruption broadly as “the abuse of entrusted power for...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Transparency InternationalWashingtonUSA

Section editors and affiliations

  • Wesley Cragg
    • 1
  1. 1.Schulich School of BusinessYork UniversityTorontoCanada