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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 Anticorruptionin Early-Nineteenth-Century Sweden

Corruption and Anticorruptionin Early-Nineteenth-Century Sweden

A Snapshot of the State of the Swedish Bureaucracy

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Anti-corruption in History

Andreas Bågenholm

Oxford University Press

This chapter challenges common historiographical claims about the significance of the Swedish transition of circa 1800. It concludes, based on a novel reading of key primary sources, that there is only weak evidence that Sweden was a thoroughly corrupt state around 1820 or that corruption was the most important political problem at that time, and was therefore actively and effectively combated in the subsequent decades. However, the chapter does present evidence that there was a great awareness of the problems that existed and argues (while being aware of the conceptual problems involved) that these problems show many similarities with Weberian-style bureaucratization.

Keywords:   corruption, anticorruption, early-nineteenth-century Sweden, Weber, bureaucracy, administrative reform, justitieombudsmannen

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