VOL. 2, NO. 3, PGS. 1–6


Public Corruption
A conversation with Susan Rose-Ackerman

This interview was conducted by Javier Toro.

Susan Rose-Ackerman is Henry R. Luce Professor of Law and Political Science at Yale University. She is the lead author of the latest edition of Corruption and Government: Causes, Consequences and Reform.

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What is corruption? Is it equally perceived everywhere?

Under my definition, corruption occurs when an official charged with a public responsibility operates in his or her own interest in a way that undermines the program’s aims, whatever they may be. Officials who administer public programs without gaining personal benefits are not corrupt, in my view, even if the [...]

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