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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 the Ethical Standards of British Public Life

Corruption and the Ethical Standards of British Public Life

National Debates and Local Administration, 1880–1914

(p.267) 18 Corruption and the Ethical Standards of British Public Life
Anti-corruption in History

James Moore

Oxford University Press

This chapter goes deeper into a period that is often seen as one in which early modern “old corruption” was finally eliminated in Britain: namely, the period from 1880–1914. It argues that anticorruption measures and developments have often been held to account for this change. This chapter then changes perspective and, based on the author’s own analysis of local politics, makes clear that at the local and municipal level corruption remained a problem in Britain, thereby strengthening the argument that the effectiveness of certain ambitious anticorruption laws and the “end of corruption” in modern British society depends very much on one’s perspective.

Keywords:   corruption, anticorruption, old corruption, public ethics, local government, Victorian Britain, modernization, bribery

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