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Corruption as a Last Resort: Adapting to the Market in Central Asia

Kelly M. McMann


Why do ordinary people engage in corruption? This book contends that bureaucrats, poverty, and culture do not force individuals in Central Asia to pay bribes, use connections, or sell political support. Rather, corruption is a last resort when relatives, groups in society, the market, and formal government programs cannot provide essential goods and services. This book shows that Islamic institutions, secular charities, entrepreneurs, and banks cannot provide the jobs and credit people need. This drives individuals to illicitly seek employment and loans from government officials. A leading cau ... More

Keywords: corruption, bureaucrats, poverty, culture, Islamic institutions, Central Asia, bribes, anticorruption

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780801453274
Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: August 2016 DOI:10.7591/cornell/9780801453274.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Kelly M. McMann, author
Associate Professor of Political Science, Case Western Reserve University