Corruption and Criminal Justice
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Corruption and Criminal Justice

Bridging Economic and Legal Perspectives

Tina Søreide

The author addresses the role of criminal justice in anti-corruption by investigating assumptions in the classic law and economics approach and debating the underlying criteria for an efficient criminal justice system. Drawing on real life challenges from the policy world, the book combines insights from the literature with updated knowledge about practical law enforcement constraints. Political and administrative incentive problems, which may hinder the implementation of efficient solutions, are presented and debated.
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Chapter 2: The causes and consequences of corruption

Tina Søreide


The graveness of corruption explains why this problem is subject to criminal law regulation. Corruption leads to the violation of other laws, the unfair allocation of benefits, and wastage of resources in both the private and public sector. It distorts both political and administrative decisions, and may undermine what governments seek to achieve. The hidden character of corrupt acts complicates empirical research and makes it difficult to determine the problem’s magnitude. However, the quality of various secondary sources of information has improved over the last decade and so have the methodologies used to investigate the impact of law enforcement strategies. These developments have led to stronger research results on the nature of the problem and what can be done to improve it.

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