Title: The Nature of Corruption in Historical Context
While empirical studies of corruption have significantly increased over the past few decades, important theoretical gaps remain concerning its definition and nature. In this colloquium, the historical evolution of corruption will be explored by reference to societal standards for political agency––that is, to the forms of power transferred from the individual to the group, and their relative balance. Based on such interpretation, a moral typology of individual corruption will be offered.
Joseph Poszgai-Alvarez is Program-Specific Assistant Professor at the Center for Southeast Asian Studies (CSEAS) of Kyoto University. For the past decade he has been involved in policy research and practice, focusing on corruption tolerance and the development of tools to support the study of malfeasance.