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Corruption and democracy (2008)

Economy and crime, fight against corruption
Format : Paper PDF
978-92-871-6355-4
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English
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Number of pages :
219
28.00 € / $42.00

Political corruption is an important challenge that democracies in Europe are confronted with. It contributes to the decline of citizens' trust and confidence in democracy and weakens democratic principles and processes. Key areas of concern include:

•    Political finances
•    Conflicts of interest
•    Lobbying
•    Undue influence on the justice system

This book contains contributions on each of these topics. They identify risks that corruption poses to the future of democracy in Europe, and they propose a wide range of measures for action which are not only aimed at preventing political corruption and enhancing transparency and accountability but also at rebuilding confidence in democracy.

Contents

Preface

Chapter 1 – The issues
Corruption and democracy: what are the issues?
Alexander Seger

Chapter 2 – Political finances
Political finance: introduction
Drago Kos
Political party financing and control in Latvia
Alvis Vilks
Political finance, conflict of interest and accountability in Turkey: implications for democracy
Ömer Faruk Gençkaya

Chapter 3 – Conflicts of interest
Conflict of interest policies and practices in nine EU member states
Manuel Villoria Mendieta
Conflicts of interest of elected officials: the experience of the United Kingdom Committee on Standards in Public Life
Alan Doig

Chapter 4 – Lobbying
Transparency against corruption and the perception of corruption
Siim Kallas
Lobbying ethics versus corruption
Rogier Chorus
Transparency in EU decision making, holding corporations to account: why the ETI needs mandatory lobbying disclosure
William Dinan and David Miller

Chapter 5 – Abuse of the justice system
Integrity of judges and prosecutors: fundamental principles and facts
Pim Albers
Principles to protect the judiciary from undue political influence
Nihal Jayawickrama

Chapter 6 – Conference summary and conclusions
Appendix
Conference programme
Conference participants