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Is all corruption dysfunctional? Perceptions of corruption and its consequences in Papua New Guinea

Walton, Grant

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Many anti-corruption organisations work from the notion that both petty and grand corruption axiomatically results in negative consequences. However, few studies have asked citizens to evaluate the effects of different scales and types of corruption. This article investigates how rural people in Papua New Guinea associate dysfunctional or functional consequences to different types and scales of corruption. It draws on findings from focus groups conducted in four provinces of the country. The...[Show more]

dc.contributor.authorWalton, Grant
dc.date.accessioned2015-12-07T22:25:01Z
dc.identifier.issn0271-2075
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/1885/21081
dc.description.abstractMany anti-corruption organisations work from the notion that both petty and grand corruption axiomatically results in negative consequences. However, few studies have asked citizens to evaluate the effects of different scales and types of corruption. This article investigates how rural people in Papua New Guinea associate dysfunctional or functional consequences to different types and scales of corruption. It draws on findings from focus groups conducted in four provinces of the country. The article finds that most examples of corruption considered by respondents were perceived as dysfunctional; however, marginalised respondents considered small-scale corruption as functional-if the acts described benefitted marginalised people. These findings suggest that it is critical that anti-corruption organisations understand and respond to the constraints faced by poor and marginalised people when operating in weak states.
dc.publisherWiley-VCH Verlag GMBH
dc.sourcePublic Administration and Development
dc.titleIs all corruption dysfunctional? Perceptions of corruption and its consequences in Papua New Guinea
dc.typeJournal article
local.description.notesImported from ARIES
local.identifier.citationvolume33
dc.date.issued2013
local.identifier.absfor160509 - Public Administration
local.identifier.absfor160600 - POLITICAL SCIENCE
local.identifier.absfor160400 - HUMAN GEOGRAPHY
local.identifier.ariespublicationu4430637xPUB15
local.type.statusPublished Version
local.contributor.affiliationWalton, Grant, College of Asia and the Pacific, ANU
local.description.embargo2037-12-31
local.bibliographicCitation.issue3
local.bibliographicCitation.startpage175
local.bibliographicCitation.lastpage190
local.identifier.doi10.1002/pad.1636
local.identifier.absseo940200 - GOVERNMENT AND POLITICS
dc.date.updated2015-12-07T09:30:51Z
local.identifier.scopusID2-s2.0-84897039452
local.identifier.thomsonID000322334700002
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