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Understanding Political Corruption in Irish Politics
Understanding Political Corruption in Irish Politics


 
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Authors: Neil Collins and Mary O'Shea
Publication Year: Softback 2001
Pages: 98
Size: 214 x 135mm

ISBN: 9781859182734
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Is Ireland irredeemably corrupt as a nation? This pamphlet goes behind media denunciations and looks at the realities and underlying causes of corruption as a political practice in Irish politics.

Addresses one of the most conspicuous features of modern Irish political life. Challenges current explanations of political corruption, particularly the belief in a political 'golden age' before the 1960s. Suggests reform strategies that reduce the incentives that draw politicians towards corruption and increase the likelihood (and expense) of being detected.

Irish political life has experienced great turmoil in recent years because of the scale and intricacy of political corruption being uncovered by parliamentary and quasi-judicial inquiries. There is genuine popular amazement and growing cynicism towards the seemingly never-ending wave of scandal and attendant tribunals. To understand political corruption in Ireland, this pamphlet examines the concept within a political-science analytical framework that allows both historical and international comparison. The book challenges the current explanations of political corruption, particularly those that stress a turning point of the 1960s. Understanding Political Corruption in Irish Politics chronicles political scandals in the 1990s, looks at their causes and explains their consequences. It also suggests reform strategies that will reduce the incentives drawing politicians towards corruption and increase the likelihood and expense of being detected.


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