Political Corruption: Establishing the Parameters

Peter deLeon, Mark T. Green


This article considers the potential contribution of the New Public Management (NPM) to address a number of World Bank suggestions dealing with political accountability improving the management of the public sector. Previously, (deLeon and Green, 2001) we posed a similar set of questions, but were only able to address them through examples drawn from the American political system. The argument was made that an examination of United States incidents of political corruption would at least test the theory that modernity ameliorates political corruption. We now cast a somewhat wider net, looking at other developed nations as well as the US, to ask the central question: what effects would NPM have on the incidents of political corruption across a number of nations?

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