The Economics and politics of corruption: Fighting for a “Clean government and business” in Turkey
Turkish Policy Quarterly | Fall 2003
Mehmet Öğütçü |
Let’s make no mistake: Corruption is a global virus inflicting, in varying degrees, all countries, developing and developed alike. With their strict property rights, mature institutions and well-paid civil servants; developed countries are less likely to suffer from systemic corruption. Public scrutiny of government makes corruption very difficult to get away with. Hence, corruption occurs mostly in countries where the rule of law and institutions are weak or non-existent, where independent professional media and civil society agencies are absent, and where there is no independent judiciary or legal oversight.