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Samuel Cohn

Print publication date: 2021

Print ISBN-13: 9781501755903

Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: September 2021

DOI: 10.7591/cornell/9781501755903.001.0001

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What It Takes to Clean Up Corruption

What It Takes to Clean Up Corruption

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(p.120) Chapter 35 What It Takes to Clean Up Corruption
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All Societies Die
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Samuel Cohn

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Cornell University Press
DOI:10.7591/cornell/9781501755903.003.0035

This chapter reviews four methods for cleaning up corruption and bureaucracy. The first method is cutting off funds to the offices of corrupt bureaucrats. The problem is, if the honest functionaries could not do anything with the old budget, they will be able to do even less with the new budget. Thus, technical demoralization gets worse. Second is the old Max Weber solution of imposing formal rational-technical bureaucracy, but this is very easy to undercut. Meanwhile, the third method is creating brand-new departments of young, idealistic uncorrupted officials. Fourth is civil service reform, which applies the Max Weber solution to every office in the government and requires massive economic growth.

Keywords:   corruption, bureaucracy, corrupt bureaucrats, defunding, Max Weber, uncorrupted officials, civil service reform

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