Two Essential Volumes on #Corruption

In this article Rick Messick recommeds two recent books on corruption: Dan Hough’s Analysing Corruption and Alina Mungui-Pippidi and Michael Johnston’s Transitions to Good Governance: Creating Virtuous Circles of Anti-Corruption. Hough's book is an introduction to the study of corruption for those new to the field. Mungui-Pippidi and Johnston's volume covers Botswana, Chile, Costa Rica, Estonia, Georgia, Qatar, Rwanda, South Korea, Taiwan, and Uruguay. In this book experts explain how these countries progressed from a situation where corruption is the norm to one where it is becoming the exception. In these countries the governance norm has changed from a biased resource distribution to a society where the state is largely autonomous towards private interest and the allocation of public resources is based on ethical universalism. Readers looking for practical approaches and innovative moves will find much of value in these books.