Corruption, Inequality, and the Rule of Law
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By (author) Eric M. Uslaner
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Corruption, Inequality, and the Rule of Law by Eric M. Uslaner
Book DescriptionCorruption flouts rules of fairness and gives some people advantages that others don't have. Corruption is persistent; there is little evidence that countries can escape the curse of corruption easily - or at all. Instead of focusing on institutional reform, in this book Eric M. Uslaner suggests that the roots of corruption lie in economic and legal inequality, low levels of generalized trust (which are not readily changed), and poor policy choices (which may be more likely to change). Economic inequality provides a fertile breeding ground for corruption, which, in turn, leads to further inequalities. Just as corruption is persistent, inequality and trust do not change much over time, according to Uslaner's cross-national aggregate analyses. He argues that high inequality leads to low trust and high corruption, and then to more inequality - an inequality trap - and identifies direct linkages between inequality and trust in surveys of the mass public and elites in transition countries.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780521874892
(234mm x 156mm x 24mm)
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publish Date: 2-Jun-2008
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Eric M. Uslaner
Segregation and Mistrust, Hardback (September 2012)
By examining social networks in North America, Europe and Australia, this book argues segregation, not diversity reduces trust between people.
Corruption, Inequality, and the Rule of Law, Paperback (April 2010)
In this book Uslaner suggests that the roots of corruption lie in economic and legal inequality and low levels of generalized trust.
Moral Foundations of Trust, Hardback (August 2002)
This book seeks to explain why trust, in decline in the US, matters for societies.
Social Capital and Participation in Everyday Life, Hardback (April 2001)» View all books by Eric M. Uslaner
This timely volume puts emphasis on the effect of social capital on everyday life: how the routines of daily life lead people to get involved in their communities. An up-to-date insight into the present debates about civil society and democracy.
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Author Biography - Eric M. Uslaner
Eric M. Uslaner is Professor of Government and Politics at the University of Maryland, College Park, where he has taught since 1975. He has written seven books including The Moral Foundations of Trust (Cambridge University Press, 2002) and The Decline of Comity in Congress (1993). In 1981-2 he was Fulbright Professor of American Studies and Political Science at the Hebrew University, Jerusalem, Israel, and in 2005 he was a Fulbright Senior Specialist Lecturer at Novosibirsk State Technical University, Novosibirsk, Siberia, Russia. In 2006 he was appointed the first Senior Research Fellow at the Center for American Law and Political Science at the Southwestern University of Political Science and Law, Chongqing, China.
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