In development policy circles, corruption has become a pressing global issue. Yet the contemporary relationship between corruption and development is complex and contested. For many, corruption robs people of economic resources and social wealth, and denudes the state of important capacities. That is, corruption prevents or blocks development. For others, corruption often occurs in the process of development as the form in which a class of developers accumulates wealth. That is, corruption is a phase of development. This article explores the contested relationship through two case studies: in Sub-Saharan Africa and in the former Soviet Union. The article also links contemporary debates about corruption and development with earlier thinking about capitalist progress and development.
|International Journal for Crime, Justice and Social Democracy
|Published - 2017