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The Vicissitudes of Corruption: Degeneration - transgression - jouissance
KTH, School of Industrial Engineering and Management (ITM), Industrial Economics and Management (Dept.).
2007 (English)Doctoral thesis, monograph (Other scientific)
Abstract [en]

In a time when corruption is receiving increasing media coverage and when many claim to wage a war on corruption, this book brings up the need for a problematisation and an increased understanding of the different manifestations – the vicissitudes – of corruption and also what measures are taken against it.

The book advances the claim that corruption is tightly related to modernity and particularly to a transgression of the public / private dichotomy. It furthermore explores ancient, postmodern and psychoanalytic critiques of the modern understanding of corruption. The ancient perspective stems from theorists arguing that there is an ancient core meaning of corruption, i.e. degeneration. This perspective is also informed by a discussion about virtues based on Alasdair MacIntyre. The postmodern perspective is based on Zygmunt Bauman. It is held that corruption is the remnant of the classification of the world into the public and the private, caused by the inherent ambiguity of reality. The psychoanalytic perspective, based on Jacques Lacan and Slavoj Žižek, deepens the analysis and relates corruption to stolen enjoyment – jouissance.

These different understandings of corruption are used to analyse primarily bribery in Swedish public sector procurement. In interviews, project managers responsible for public procurement give their account not only of bribes and gifts, but also about partiality and objectivity in supplier evaluations. Using these interviews and theoretical perspectives, the book problematises corruption and investigates how it is addressed and externalised with clear rules, virtues and rituals separating the public role from the private .

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Stockholm: KTH , 2007. , 446 p.
Trita-IEO, ISSN 1100-7982 ; 07:08
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Other Mechanical Engineering
URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-4601ISBN: 978-91-7178-839-9OAI: diva2:13045
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2008-01-22, Sal F3, KTH, Lindstedtsvägen 26, Stockholm, 10:00 (English)
QC 20100512Available from: 2008-01-10 Created: 2008-01-10 Last updated: 2010-09-15Bibliographically approved

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