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Corruption and the Secret of Law: A Legal Anthropological Perspective

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Edited by: Monique Nuijten, Gerhard Anders

ISBN13: 9780754671107
Published: December 2007
Publisher: Routledge
Country of Publication: UK
Format: Hardback
Price: Out of print
Paperback edition , ISBN13 9780754676829

This volume presents a critical anthropological perspective on the hidden continuities between corruption and law. The authors argue that the two opposites, corruption and law, are inextricably linked, the possibility of the former already inscribed into the latter. The book takes a critical stance towards the normative good governance agenda spearheaded by institutions such as Transparency International and the World Bank. It is argued that by uncritically depicting corruption as an absolute evil these anti-corruption programs disregard the close relationship that exists between corruption and state power.

Corruption and the Secret of Law addresses various aspects of a complex and ambivalent phenomenon drawing on studies from different parts of the world including Burundi, China, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Mexico and the USA. The work provides a valuable resource for students, researchers and policy-makers working in this area.

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International Criminal Law
Corruption and the secret of law: an introduction, Gerhard Anders and Monique Nuijten
Part 1 Systemic Corruption and Bureaucratic Itineraries: Hidden acts, open talks. How anthropology can 'observe' and describe corruption, Giorgio Blundo
Deep corruption in Indonesia: discourses, practices, histories, Heinzpeter Znoj.
Part 2 The Indeterminacy of the Law and the Legal Profession: Corruption judgments in prewar Japan: locating the influence of tradition, morality, and trust on criminal justice, Andrew MacNaughton and Kam Bill Wong
Corrupted files cross-fading defense strategies of a Vesuvian lawyer, Livia Holden and Giovanni Tortora.
Part 3 Corruption Accusations and Political Imaginaries: Corruption narratives and the power of concealment: the case of Burundi's civil war, Simon Turner
The orchestration of corruption and excess enjoyment in Western Mexico, Pieter de Vries.
Part 4 State Officials in the Twilight Zone: Corruption or social capital? Tact and the performance of guanxi in market socialist China, Alan Smart and Carolyn Hsu
Corruption in the US borderlands with Mexico: the 'purity' of society and the 'perversity' of borders, Josiah McC. Heyman and Howard Campbell