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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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Corruption and Anticorruption in the Romanian Principalities

Corruption and Anticorruption in the Romanian Principalities

Rules of Governance, Exceptions and Networks, Seventeenth to the Nineteenth Century

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Anti-corruption in History

Ovidiu Olar

Romanian Academy

Oxford University Press

This chapter evaluates the changes that have been held responsible for the emergence of a modern, historically informed interpretation of corruption, by analyzing three case studies that are exemplary of the practices of, and debates about, corruption and anticorruption in the Romanian Principalities from the seventeenth until the nineteenth centuries. The term corruption is reinterpreted in terms of its relation to networks of patronage, solidarity and trust. In this chapter, the author discusses whether a transition took place in this period, and concludes that no decisive break can be established based on the sources available, arguing that the change was actually slow and convoluted.

Keywords:   corruption, anticorruption, Romanian principalities, governance, networks, Loukaris, Mavrocordatos, Cantemir, communist historiography

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