Research Forum – Emanuela Ceva (University of Pavia): “What is the Opposite of Political Corruption?”
December 18, 2018, 16:15–17:45
S 106 (FAN C)
A vast scholarly attention has recently been devoted to the normative discussion of corrupt public officials and institutions. However, a high degree of uncertainty remains about what the opposite of political corruption is. In this paper, I lay out the view that the opposite of political corruption is an institutional system grounded in a public ethics of office accountability. Accountable institutions are those wherein role occupants use their powers of office following an agenda whose rationale is coherent with the terms of their mandate.
I defend this view by showing its advantages over other competing views based on the ideas of impartiality (Rothstein & Varraich 2017) and integrity (Lessig 2013).