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Discourses on Corruption : Interdisciplinary and Intercultural Perspectives

Book description

Corruption, often described as all that is rotten in the modern society, has become an increasingly dominant theme in contemporary political discourse, one that is related to specific practices, concepts and evaluations that vary across regions, cultures, spheres of action and disciplines. This volume, through case studies, investigates corruption in the Global South (especially India and Brazil) and West (especially Switzerland) to gain a more nuanced view of the phenomenon. The chapters in this volume are organized into two loosely structured and overlapping parts: the first part consisting of Chapters 2-5 covers conceptual questions related to corruption discourses from different perspectives such as economic ethics, social capital theory and literature; the second part consisting of Chapters 6-11 details the complexity and diversity of corruption practices within and between countries and regions, providing different interpretative frameworks, which in turn flow into discourses on corruption.


About the editors

Kalpana Kannabiran is the recipient of the inaugural Amartya Sen Award for Social Scientists, 2012, for her work in Law. She is a sociologist and legal researcher and is currently Director, Council for Social Development, Hyderabad, an autonomous research institute supported by the Indian Council for Social Science Research. She was awarded the VKRV Rao Prize for Social Science Research in the field of Social Aspects of Law by the Indian Council of Social Science Research (ICSSR) in 2003. She was part of the founding faculty of National Academy of Legal Studies and Research (NALSAR) University of Law where she taught sociology and law for a decade (1999–2009) and is a founder member of Asmita Resource Centre for Women where she has coordinated research and legal outreach for women. Kannabiran has been the general secretary of the Indian Association for Women’s Studies (1998–2000) and is active in the International Sociological Association. She was a member of the Expert Group on the Equal Opportunity Commission, Government of India (2007–2008) and member of the Expert Group on Legal Education Reform in Kerala, Government of Kerala. She has been an activist in the women’s movement since the late 1970s.

Bettina Hollstein is the academic manager and adjunct professor of Economic Ethics at the Max Weber Centre for Advanced Cultural and Social Studies at the University of Erfurt, Germany. Her research and teaching focus on economic ethics, pragmatism, sustainability, volunteering, action theory and corruption. She has long-standing expertise as a manager in science organizations. Since 2004, she is co-editor of the Journal for Business, Economics and Ethics (Zeitschrift für Wirtschafts- und Unternehmensethik).

Florian Hoffmann is a professor of Law at the Pontificia Universidade Catolica do Rio de Janeiro (PUC-Rio), Brazil, and an associate researcher in the Nucleo de Direitos Humanos (Human Rights Centre) of the Law Department. Prior to this, he was the Franz Haniel Chair of Public Policy (2010–2016) and the Director of the Willy Brandt School of Public Policy (2012–2015) at the University of Erfurt (Germany). Before this, he taught at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE; 2008–2010) and the PUC-Rio (2003–2008). His work has generally focused on the interface between law and politics, with his main research interest having been in international law and human rights and (international) legal theory. He is, with Anne Orford, the co-editor of The Oxford Handbook of the Theory of International Law (2016). 




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Politics and Society in India and the Global South


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