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Making Corruption Disappear in Local Government

Masters, Adam B.; Graycar, Adam

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Local government corruption is a phenomenon across the world. This article draws upon survey work in Victoria, Australia, to show that citizens believe that corruption exists in local government and experience it, but 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 an exercise in futility, because the corrupt act is dealt with in policy frameworks that make it effectively disappear....[Show more]

dc.contributor.authorMasters, Adam B.
dc.contributor.authorGraycar, Adam
dc.date.accessioned2017-01-19T01:27:40Z
dc.date.available2017-01-19T01:27:40Z
dc.identifier.issn1099-9922
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/1885/111976
dc.description.abstractLocal government corruption is a phenomenon across the world. This article draws upon survey work in Victoria, Australia, to show that citizens believe that corruption exists in local government and experience it, but 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 an exercise in futility, because the corrupt act is dealt with in policy frameworks that make it effectively disappear. As a result, corruption as perceived or experienced in the everyday life of citizens is different from what is defined in law and dealt with by public bodies. While the data here are Australian, the lessons and principles can be applied in many other countries.
dc.publisherTaylor & Francis
dc.rights© American Society for Public Administration. http://www.sherpa.ac.uk/romeo/issn/1099-9922/..."author can archive pre-print (ie pre-refereeing)" from SHERPA/RoMEO site (as at 19/01/17).
dc.sourcePublic Integrity
dc.subjectcorruption
dc.subjectlocal government
dc.subjectbribery
dc.subjectindependent commission against corruption
dc.titleMaking Corruption Disappear in Local Government
dc.typeJournal article
local.description.notesAt the time of publication the author Adam Graycar was affiliated with Flinders University.
local.identifier.citationvolume18
dc.date.issued2015-12-09
local.publisher.urlhttps://www.routledge.com/
local.type.statusSubmitted Version
local.contributor.affiliationGraycar, A., Australian National Institute of Public Policy, Research School of Social Sciences, The Australian National University
local.bibliographicCitation.issue1
local.bibliographicCitation.startpage42
local.bibliographicCitation.lastpage58
local.identifier.doi10.1080/10999922.2015.1093400
dcterms.accessRightsOpen Access
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