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Anti-corruption in HistoryFrom Antiquity to the Modern Era$
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Ronald Kroeze, André Vitória, and Guy Geltner

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780198809975

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: December 2017

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780198809975.001.0001

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The Paradox of “A High Standard of Public Honesty”

The Paradox of “A High Standard of Public Honesty”

A Long-Term Perspective on Dutch History

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Anti-corruption in History

James Kennedy

Ronald Kroeze

Oxford University Press

This chapter takes as its starting point the contemporary idea that the Netherlands is one of the least corrupt countries in the world; an idea that it dates back to the late-nineteenth and early-twentieth centuries. In this chapter, the authors explain how corruption was controlled in the Netherlands against the background of the rise and fall of the Dutch Republic, modern statebuilding and liberal politics. However, the Dutch case also presents some complexities: first, the decrease in some forms of corruption was due not to early democratization or bureaucratization, but was rather a side-effect of elite patronage-politics; second, although some early modern forms of corruption disappeared around this period, new forms have emerged in more recent times.

Keywords:   corruption, anticorruption, Dutch Republic, modern Netherlands, statebuilding, liberalism, democratization, bureaucratization, stadhouder

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