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Political Corruption



This seminar introduces students to the issue of political corruption and the ways it is related to contemporary politics. During the first part of the seminar (weeks 1-4) we will investigate some of the conceptual and theoretical issues involved in the study of political corruption, including the definition of corruption, the distinction between corruption and other rent-seeking behaviour such as clientelism and patronage, the relationships between various institutional and social factors and corruption, and ways of curbing the corrupt practices of political actors. In the second part of the course we will use the experience of several old and new democracies to illustrate this discussion.

Methods of Instruction

Seminar discussions

Study Material

1000 pp; Readings available through Blackboard or from the instructor


Weekly Reaction Papers and Term Research Paper


Monday 31 October till 19 December 15.00 – 17.00 hrs. in 6C03 (except 28 Nov SA37) and
Thursday 3 November till 8 December, 15.00 – 17.00 hrs. in SA05 (except 17 Nov 5A29 and 24 nov till 8 dec. 5B02)