The essays in this volume are divided into two parts: The first part addresses conceptual issues related to corruption discourses from different perspectives (e.g. business ethics, social capital theory and literature); the second part addresses the complexity and diversity of corruption practices within countries as well as between countries and regions, providing different interpretive frameworks that in turn inform corruption discourses. The overall perspective taken here of the mutual influence of concepts and practices and the empirical focus on the Global South contribute significantly to grasping and understanding the use and misuse of "corruption" in political, legal and economic discourses.
This volume is the result of collaborative research conducted within the framework of the ICAS:MP project on the transformation of the political, funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research in cooperation with partners in Germany and India at the Max Weber-Kolleg for Cultural and Social Studies at the University of Erfurt under the direction of Prof. Dr. Martin Fuchs. It is published in a book series for which the project is responsible: ICAS:MP Sage Series: “Politics and Society in India and the Global South“.