LaPalombara, 1994. Social Research 61(2):325-350

Structural and Institutional Aspects of Corruption
Joseph LaPalombara

Social Research: An International Quarterly
A Disquisition on Civil Society
Arien Mack, Editor

Volume 61, No. 2 (Summer 1994): 325:350

ABSTRACT: The article clarifies the meaning of the term corruption, identifies a number of structural conditions that give rise to it, and underscores that the institutional framework of corrupt behavior necessarily encompasses not just the state and its key institutions but major sectors of civil society as well. As a working and generally recognized definition, corruption is behavior by a public servant which involves a deviation from his or her formal duties because of reasons of personal gain to himself or herself or to other private persons with whom the public servant is associated.

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