A citizen perspective. Vasaa, Finland : University of Vasaa. Debates of corruption and integrity. Perspectives from Europe and the US. Table 1 presents a first idea of the types of behavior seen as integrity violations. The validated typology was developed step by step, building on several bodies of knowledge in police corruption and integrity research, integrity of governance research, and, for example, also organizational misconduct research Huberts, Huberts, L.
How to measure integrity violations. Towards a validated typology of unethical behavior. Public Management Review, 13 3 , — Misbehavior in organizations. Theory, research, and management. Why is the focus on integrity violations instead of on the appealing concept of corruption Huberts, Huberts, L. Pathology of the state: Diagnosing in terms of corruption or integrity. Argyriades , O. Jabbra Eds. A fifty year trajectory worldwide. Essays in honor of Gerald E. Caiden pp. London, England : Vallentine Mitchell. Measuring corruption: Exploring the iceberg.
Sampford , A. Shacklock , C. Galtung Eds. The first and most obvious reason is that a focus on the moral dimension of the behavior of individuals, organizations, and even countries and what behavior violates relevant moral values and norms , by definition begs for a broad framework. Although it is certainly worthwhile to know more about the amount of bribery and favoritism in government and administration corruption , it is also important to discover more about such violations as waste and abuse of public resources; discrimination; improper use of authority; and private time misconduct.
How does this relate to basic definitions of corrupt behavior in the literature? The first, and most specific, interprets corruption as acting in a particularistic interest because of advantages promised or given and thus includes bribery often found in legal frameworks but also influence peddling, kickbacks, and forms of favoritism and conflict of interest.
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The second interprets corruption in line with the definitions in use by international anti-corruption organizations: corruption as the abuse of office for private gain Pope, Pope, J. National integrity systems: The Transparency International source book. Berlin, Germany : Transparency International. The third, and broadest, definition views corruption as synonymous with all types of wrongdoing by functionaries in terms of acting contrary to the public interest.
In its broadest form, corruption then becomes synonymous with the vices, maladies, and sicknesses of politics and bureaucracy. In this latter definition, corruption is identical to unethical behavior or the violation of integrity. This interpretation is doubtful though, because the essence of corruption gets lost its relationship with private interest and because doing so would not solve the problem but only move it.
That is, when everything that is unethical is called corruption, it then becomes crucial to distinguish between subtypes of corruption in order to cope with the diversity of moral misbehavior or integrity violations e. The good cause. Theoretical perspectives on corruption causes. Opladen, Germany : Barbara Budrich. Towards a global ethics: Wishful thinking or a strategic necessity? Ethics and management in the public sector. Abingdon, Oxon, England : Routledge.
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Corruption: Diagnosis and treatment. Journal of Democracy, 17 3 , 86 — Sissener Sissener, T. Bergen, Norway : Chr. Michelsen Institute. In countries like Bangladesh, China, or Nepal, for instance, the public official who issues favors for a remuneration of some kind within an established network is not corrupt; his or her actions are simply a social obligation to help, and deals within the network are considered normal Sissener, Sissener, T.
The definition issue thus raises questions of cultural bias.
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Andersson and Heywood Andersson, S. Political Studies, 57 4 , — How does this criticism relate to the proposed integrity approach Huberts, Huberts, L. Theory and practice of police corruption in Pakistan. Case studies of three police departments.
Doctoral dissertation Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam : Ridderprint. What might help though is that the broader focus brings more nuance in the evaluation of the integrity systems in the West and beyond.
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That makes other types of unethical behavior—for example, conflict of interest through sideline activities, fraud, and private time misbehavior—more decisive for the legitimacy and credibility of the political and administrative system. In addition, research on internal investigations by governmental organizations has shown that the number of investigations of corruption specifically is limited compared with those of other violation types.
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The internal integrity investigations of Dutch regional police forces, for example, primarily concern types of integrity violations Lamboo Lamboo, M. Integriteitsbeleid van de Nederlandse Politie [Integrity policy of the Dutch police]. Delft, the Netherlands : Eburon. Integrity perceptions and investigations in the Netherlands. Klockars , S.
Haberfeld Eds. Demonstrating ethical leadership by measuring ethics: A survey of U. Public Integrity, 7 4 , — Leading to integrity: Empirical research into the effects of leadership on ethics and integrity.
Workplace ethics in transition. These observations relate to the supposed Western bias of corruption and integrity research. There are differences between most Western countries and many countries in the developing world in corruption reputation research, but when the focus is only on corruption or bribing, this might overestimate the moral quality of politics and administration in the West and a broader framework might bring in some nuance. Another reason for focusing on a broad and complex integrity framework rather than the narrower spectrum of corruption relates to the diversity of the phenomena under study.
There seems to be a need for differentiation and nuance when researchers reflect in research and policy on the causes of integrity violations including types of corruption and the effectiveness of anti-corruption and integrity policies. A broader framework also is relevant for reflection on what helps to protect integrity and prevent integrity violations, including corruption. Effectiveness of good governance and ethics.
Evaluating reform outcomes in the context of the financial crisis. Researching ethics for public service organizations: The view from Europe. Public Integrity, 8 1 , 11 — More specific research on the effectiveness of policies is very much needed, despite overall insights on the state of the art Huberts, Huberts, L. In summary, what seems to matter is Placing integrity on the agenda. Integrity of governance means paying attention to the moral values and norms of policy making and policy implementation.