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Configurations of corruption: A cross-national qualitative comparative analysis of levels of perceived corruption

Stevens, Alex (2016) Configurations of corruption: A cross-national qualitative comparative analysis of levels of perceived corruption. International Journal of Comparative Sociology, 57 (4). pp. 183-206. ISSN 0020-7152. E-ISSN 1745-2554. (doi:10.1177/0020715216665663) (KAR id:57322)

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Abstract

This article advances our understanding of the potential causes of national levels of corruption. It develops a new institutionalist criminological theoretical framework. It then applies fuzzy set qualitative comparative analysis (fsQCA) to a sample of 77 countries. The outcome is perceived corruption. Potentially causal conditions are levels of democracy, human development, income inequality and two value orientations: traditional/rational-secular and survival/self-expression. The analysis supports the new institutionalist expectation that the effects of each of these conditions are configurational and dependent upon the presence or absence of other conditions, including value orientations. This can help to explain why previous findings on the independent effect of democracy on corruption have been mixed. It may also help to explain why corruption is such an intractable phenomenon in many countries.

Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: 10.1177/0020715216665663
Uncontrolled keywords: Corruption, QCA, comparison, criminology, democracy, values, development, inequality
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Social Policy Sociology and Social Research > Sociology
Depositing User: Lucie Patch
Date Deposited: 16 Sep 2016 11:36 UTC
Last Modified: 08 Jan 2020 10:01 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/57322 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
Stevens, Alex: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-4878-3871
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