“Anti-corruption in History: From Antiquity to the Modern Era”. Another ANTICORRP research endeavour has been published

Now you can read about (anti)corruption during the era of the Romanian Principalities!

RAS’s research endeavour within WP 2: History of corruption in comparative perspective of the ANTICORRP project has ended. Historian Ovidiu Olar contributed with a chapter entitled “Corruption and Anticorruption in the Romanian Principalities: Rules of Governance, Exceptions and Networks, Seventeenth to Nineteenth Century” which is a result of field work done in Romanian and Russian history archives.

“Anticorruption in History” is a timely and urgent book: corruption is widely seen today as a major problem we face as a global society, undermining trust in government and financial institutions, economic efficiency, the principle of equality before the law and human wellbeing in general. Corruption, in short, is a major hurdle on the “path to Denmark” a feted blueprint for stable and successful state building. The resonance of this view explains why efforts to promote anticorruption policies have proliferated in recent years.

Economists, political scientists and policy-makers in particular have been generally content with tracing the differences between low-corruption and high-corruption countries in the present and enshrining them in all manner of rankings and indices. The long-term social, political, economic, cultural trends potentially undergirding the position of various countries plays a very small role. Such a historical approach could help explain major moments of change in the past as well as reasons for the success and failure of specific anticorruption policies and their relation to a country’s image (of itself or as construed from outside) as being more or less corrupt. It is precisely this scholarly lacuna that the present volume intends to begin to fill.

The book addresses a wide range of historical contexts: Ancient Greece and Rome, Medieval Eurasia, Italy, France, Great Britain and Portugal as well as studies on anticorruption in the Early Modern and Modern era in Romania, the Ottoman Empire, the Netherlands, Germany, Denmark, Sweden and the former German Democratic Republic.

More information on the book are available here

The ANTICORRP project is financed through the European Commission’s 7th Framework Programme and it aims to investigate and explain the factors that promote or halt the development of effective and impartial anticorruption policies.

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