Making Corruption Disappear in Local Government

Adam Masters, Adam Graycar

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    Local government corruption is a phenomenon right across the world. This paper draws upon survey work in Victoria, Australia, to show that citizens believe that corruption exists in local government, that citizens experience corruption in local government, but that they rarely report it to an anti-corruption agency or elsewhere. Even when reported, tracing the outcome from state level authorities to the local government becomes and exercise in futility as the corrupt acts are dealt with in policy frameworks which makes it effectively disappear. As a result, corruption perceived or experienced in the everyday life of citizens is different to that defined by law and dealt with by public bodies – life and law seem to be two separate spheres. While the data here are Australian, the lessons and principles can be applied in many other countries.
    Original languageEnglish
    Publication statusPublished - 2014
    EventInternational Symposium on Ethical Leadership (II) - Chengdu, China
    Duration: 1 Jan 2014 → …


    ConferenceInternational Symposium on Ethical Leadership (II)
    Period1/01/14 → …


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