Anti-corruption in history: From antiquity to the modern era

Ronald Kroeze* (Editor), André Vitória (Editor), G. Geltner (Editor)

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Anticorruption in History is the first major collection of case studies on how past societies and polities, in and beyond Europe, defined legitimate power in terms of fighting corruption and designed specific mechanisms to pursue that agenda. It is a timely book: corruption is widely seen today as a major problem, undermining trust in government, financial institutions, economic efficiency, the principle of equality before the law and human wellbeing in general. Corruption, in short, is a major hurdle on the "path to Denmark"-a feted blueprint for stable and successful statebuilding. The resonance of this view explains why efforts to promote anticorruption policies have proliferated in recent years. But while the subjects of corruption and anticorruption have captured the attention of politicians, scholars, NGOs and the global media, scant attention has been paid to the link between corruption and the change of anticorruption policies over time and place. Such a historical approach could help explain major moments of change in the past as well as reasons for the success and failure of specific anticorruption policies and their relation to a country's image (of itself or as construed from outside) as being more or less corrupt. It is precisely this scholarly lacuna that the present volume intends to begin to fill. A wide range of historical contexts are addressed, ranging from the ancient to the modern period, with specific insights for policy makers offered throughout.

Original languageEnglish
PublisherOxford University Press
Number of pages454
ISBN (Electronic)9780192538031
ISBN (Print)9780198809975
Publication statusPublished - 2017


  • Ancient history
  • Anticorruption
  • Corruption
  • Democracy
  • Early modern history
  • European history
  • Medieval history
  • Modern history
  • Politics
  • Public morality


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