Thieves of State

Why Corruption Threatens Global Security

Author: Sarah Chayes

Publisher: W. W. Norton

ISBN: 9780393352283

Category: Political Science

Page: 272

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"I can't imagine a more important book for our time." --Sebastian Junger

Thieves of State

Why Corruption Threatens Global Security

Author: Sarah Chayes

Publisher: W. W. Norton

ISBN: 9780393239461

Category: Political Science

Page: 272

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A former advisor to the Joint Chiefs of Staff explains the common role of corruption in today's international uprisings, tracing corruption since the 1990s while arguing that corrupt governments have been largely responsible for extreme acts of rebellion. By the author of The Punishment of Virtue.

Thieves of State: Why Corruption Threatens Global Security

Author: Sarah Chayes

Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company

ISBN: 0393246531

Category: Political Science

Page: 288

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Winner of the 2015 Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Current Interest. "I can’t imagine a more important book for our time." —Sebastian Junger The world is blowing up. Every day a new blaze seems to ignite: the bloody implosion of Iraq and Syria; the East-West standoff in Ukraine; abducted schoolgirls in Nigeria. Is there some thread tying these frightening international security crises together? In a riveting account that weaves history with fast-moving reportage and insider accounts from the Afghanistan war, Sarah Chayes identifies the unexpected link: corruption. Since the late 1990s, corruption has reached such an extent that some governments resemble glorified criminal gangs, bent solely on their own enrichment. These kleptocrats drive indignant populations to extremes—ranging from revolution to militant puritanical religion. Chayes plunges readers into some of the most venal environments on earth and examines what emerges: Afghans returning to the Taliban, Egyptians overthrowing the Mubarak government (but also redesigning Al-Qaeda), and Nigerians embracing both radical evangelical Christianity and the Islamist terror group Boko Haram. In many such places, rigid moral codes are put forth as an antidote to the collapse of public integrity. The pattern, moreover, pervades history. Through deep archival research, Chayes reveals that canonical political thinkers such as John Locke and Machiavelli, as well as the great medieval Islamic statesman Nizam al-Mulk, all named corruption as a threat to the realm. In a thrilling argument connecting the Protestant Reformation to the Arab Spring, Thieves of State presents a powerful new way to understand global extremism. And it makes a compelling case that we must confront corruption, for it is a cause—not a result—of global instability.

The Punishment Of Virtue

Walking The Frontline Of The War On Terror With A Woman Who Made It Her Home

Author: Sarah Chayes

Publisher: Portobello Books

ISBN: 1846276284

Category: History

Page: 400

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What happens when the War on Terror media circus packs up and leaves town? Sarah Chayes has spent the past six years in Afghanistan in order to find out. Living in the old capital Kandahar, dressing like a man, and befriending the heroic Chief of Police, Akrem, she gains unparalleled access to tribal leaders, cunning warlords, jihadist insurgents and opium traders, as well as politicians, security chiefs and Pakistani Intelligence agents - all contending for power in this uniquely strategic place at a pivotal moment in its history. Hers is an urgent book, and a mesmerizingly readable story.

Corruption and Government

Causes, Consequences, and Reform

Author: Susan Rose-Ackerman,Bonnie J. Palifka

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 1316654109

Category: Political Science

Page: N.A

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The second edition of Corruption and Government updates Susan Rose-Ackerman's 1999 book to address emerging issues and to rethink old questions in light of new data. The book analyzes the research explosion that accompanied the fall of the Berlin Wall, the founding of Transparency International, and the World Bank's decision to give anti-corruption policy a key place on its agenda. Time has vindicated Rose-Ackerman's emphasis on institutional reform as the necessary condition for serious progress. The book deals with routine payoffs and with corruption in contracting and privatization. It gives special attention to political corruption and to instruments of accountability. The authors have expanded the treatment of culture as a source of entrenched corruption and added chapters on criminal law, organized crime, and post-conflict societies. The book outlines domestic conditions for reform and discusses international initiatives - including both explicit anti-corruption policies and efforts to constrain money laundering.

Corruption, Global Security, and World Order

Author: Robert I. Rotberg

Publisher: Brookings Institution Press

ISBN: 9780815703297

Category: Political Science

Page: 497

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"Discusses global ramifications of deeply embedded corruption by criminals and criminalized states. Explores trafficking issues--how nuclear/WMD smugglers coexist with other traffickers. Examines how corruption deprives citizens of fundamental human rights, assesses the connection between corruption and the spread of terror, and proposes remedies to reduce and contain corruption"--Provided by publisher.

Waging War on Corruption

Inside the Movement Fighting the Abuse of Power

Author: Frank Vogl

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield

ISBN: 1442218533

Category:

Page: 316

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Waging War on Corruption is a fascinating look at worldwide corruption by a leader of the global anticorruption movement. Frank Vogl draws on twenty years of experience to share a history filled stories of activists, victims, and villains; strengthening our understanding of the complexities of corruption with wisdom and integrity.

Women and Representation in Local Government

International Case Studies

Author: Barbara Pini

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1136815236

Category: Political Science

Page: 232

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This volume brings together international experts to examine and compare women in local government and features case studies on the US, UK, France, Germany, Spain, Finland, Australia and New Zealand.

Borderless Wars

Author: Antonia Chayes

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 1107109345

Category: Law

Page: 200

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This book investigates the legal implications of 'gray area' military operations in counterinsurgency, cyber warfare and the war on terror.

The Quest for Good Governance

Author: Alina Mungiu-Pippidi

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 110711392X

Category: Political Science

Page: 304

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A passionate examination of why international anti-corruption fails to deliver results and how we should understand and build good governance.

Corruption, Anti-Corruption and Governance

Author: D. Hough

Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan

ISBN: 9781349443574

Category: Political Science

Page: 165

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By exploring the anti-corruption strategies in six countries, this book is the first detailed, cross-national analysis on techniques to address corruption. It highlights the importance of understanding that quality of governance is critical to tackling corruption and that only when this link is truly appreciated can inroads into corruption be made.

Corruption

What Everyone Needs to Know

Author: Raymond Fisman,Miriam A. Golden

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 019046397X

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 336

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Corruption regularly makes front page headlines: public officials embezzling government monies, selling public offices, and trading bribes for favors to private companies generate public indignation and calls for reform. In Corruption: What Everyone Needs to Know(R), renowned scholars Ray Fisman and Miriam A. Golden provide a deeper understanding of why corruption is so damaging politically, socially, and economically. Among the key questions examined are: is corruption the result of perverse economic incentives? Does it stem from differences in culture and tolerance for illicit acts of government officials? Why don't voters throw corrupt politicians out of office? Vivid examples from a wide range of countries and situations shed light on the causes of corruption, and how it can be combated.

Modern Liberty: And the Limits of Government (Issues of Our Time)

Author: Charles Fried

Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company

ISBN: 039307773X

Category: Political Science

Page: 224

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“An erudite, sharp-tongued libertarian, eager to do battle with censors, regulators ... and sanctimonious busybodies of every stripe.”—New York Times In this impassioned defense of liberty, renowned Harvard law professor Charles Fried argues that the seemingly unimpeachable goals of equality and community are often the most potent rivals of freedom. Declared a “spirited, sophisticated manifesto” by the New York Times Book Review, Modern Liberty demonstrates how the dense tangle of government regulations both supports and threatens our personal liberties. Armed with Fried’s insights, readers will be better able to defend themselves against those on both the left and the right who would, even with the best intentions, restrict their liberty.

Global Corruption

Money, Power and Ethics in the Modern World

Author: Laurence Cockcroft

Publisher: I.B.Tauris

ISBN: 1780767609

Category: Corruption

Page: 288

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Corruption has played a pivotal role in determining the current state of the world - from mass poverty in developing countries, to the destruction of natural resources and to the erosion of trust in political parties. Laurence Cockcroft here argues that corruption has to be seen as the result of the interplay between elite 'embedded networks', greed and organised crime. He shows how the growth of corruption has been facilitated by globalisation, the integration of new and expanding markets into the world economy, and by the rapid expansion of 'offshore' financial facilities. These facilities provide a home to largely unregulated pools of finance derived from personal fortunes, organised crime and pricing malpractice in international trade. By identifying the main drivers of corruption world-wide and analyzing the current action to control them, this book suggests ways in which the problems caused by corruption can be addressed and ultimately prevented.

Making Sense of Corruption

Author: Bo Rothstein,Aiysha Varraich

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 1107163706

Category: Political Science

Page: 190

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Corruption is a serious threat to prosperity, democracy and human well-being, with mounting empirical evidence highlighting its detrimental effects on society. Yet defining this threat has resulted in profound disagreement, producing a multidimensional concept. Tackling this important and provocative topic, the authors provide an accessible and systematic analysis of how our understanding of corruption has evolved. They identify gaps in the research and make connections between related concepts such as clientelism, patronage, patrimonialism, particularism and state capture. A fundamental issue discussed is how the opposite of corruption should be defined. By arguing for the possibility of a universal understanding of corruption, and specifically what corruption is not, an innovative solution to this problem is presented. This book provides an accessible overview of corruption, allowing scholars and students alike to see the far reaching place it has within academic research.

Corruption

A Very Short Introduction

Author: Leslie Holmes

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

ISBN: 0199689695

Category: Philosophy

Page: 144

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Corruption is one of the biggest issues facing the contemporary international community. This volume notes that corruption is as old as humanity itself, and then considers why the international community has only highlighted it as a problem in the past two decades. It explores the phenomenon from several different perspectives, from the cultural differences affecting how corruption is defined, its impact, its various causes, and the possible remedies.

88 Days to Kandahar

A CIA Diary

Author: Robert L. Grenier

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 1476712077

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 464

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The director of the American-Afghan war describes how he orchestrated the defeat of the Taliban in the region by forging separate alliances with warlords, Taliban dissidents, and the Pakistani intelligence service.

The Looting Machine

Warlords, Tycoons, Smugglers and the Systematic Theft of Africa's Wealth

Author: Tom Burgis

Publisher: William Collins

ISBN: 9780007523108

Category:

Page: 336

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An investigative journey into the ways the resource trade wreaks havoc on Africa, 'The Looting Machine' sheds light on the shadowy networks that connect Goldman Sachs, BP, the Hong Kong underworld and the murderous cabals that rule some oil states.

Corruption in America

From Benjamin Franklin's Snuff Box to Citizens United

Author: Zephyr Teachout

Publisher: Harvard University Press

ISBN: 0674745086

Category: Law

Page: 384

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When Louis XVI gave Ben Franklin a diamond-encrusted snuffbox, the gift troubled Americans: it threatened to corrupt him by clouding his judgment. By contrast, in 2010 the Supreme Court gave corporations the right to spend unlimited money to influence elections. Zephyr Teachout shows that Citizens United was both bad law and bad history.

Unmasked

Corruption in the West

Author: Laurence Cockcroft,Anne-Christine Wegener

Publisher: I. B. Tauris

ISBN: 9781784536084

Category: Philosophy

Page: 264

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How corrupt is the West? Europe and North America's formal self-perception is one of high standards in public life. And yet, corruption is receiving ever greater attention in the European, American and Canadian press, with high-profile cases affecting both the corporate and political worlds. This book identifies the driving forces behind such cases, particularly the role of political finance, lobbying, the banking system and organised crime. It analyses the sectors which are particularly prone to corruption, including sport, defence and pharmaceuticals. In the course of their investigation, the authors consider why anti-corruption legislation has not been more effective and why there is an increasing discrepancy between regulation and commercial and cultural practice. Are Europe and the US genuinely serious about fighting corruption and if so what measures will be taken to roll it back?