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The Despot's Guide to Wealth ManagementOn the International Campaign against Grand Corruption$
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J. C. Sharman

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9781501705519

Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: September 2017

DOI: 10.7591/cornell/9781501705519.001.0001

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The Rise of the Anti-Kleptocracy Regime

The Rise of the Anti-Kleptocracy Regime

(p.22) 1 The Rise of the Anti-Kleptocracy Regime
The Despot's Guide to Wealth Management

J. C. Sharman

Cornell University Press

This chapter elaborates on the concept of kleptocracy by providing a portrait of one of the most publicized and influential early examples of grand corruption: that of Mobutu Sese Seko in the Congo. Sketching out the corruption of Mobutu and his clique shows how the global anti-kleptocracy norm and the resulting regime came into being. For different reasons, a wide variety of intergovernmental organizations, NGOs, and governments from Africa, Asia, and Latin America argue that corruption implicates rich countries as well as poor, because funds looted from poor countries tended to end up in rich ones. The story of intertwined normative and policy change at the global level in this chapter provides context for the following analysis of how well these rules work at a national level.

Keywords:   anti-kleptocracy norm, grand corruption, rich countries, poor countries, intergovernmental organizations, kleptocracy, Mobutu Sese Seko

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