Handbook on Corruption, Ethics and Integrity in Public Administration
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Handbook on Corruption, Ethics and Integrity in Public Administration

Edited by Adam Graycar

This timely Handbook unpacks the underlying common factors that give rise to corrupting environments. Investigating opportunities to deliver ethical public policy, it explores global trends in public administration and its vulnerability to corruption today, as well as proposing strategies for building integrity and diminishing corruption in public sectors around the globe.
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Chapter 26: The Netherlands: an impression of corruption in a less corrupt country

Willeke Slingerland and Gjalt de Graaf


The Netherlands has consistently been high on the Corruption Perceptions Index and, comparatively speaking, there is still significant attention paid to integrity. Yet, many Dutch citizens are critical of public administration and are cynical about politics. Although bribery appears to be uncommon in the Netherlands, there are growing concerns that the country is more corrupt than one would think at first glance. This chapter will provide an overview of the current state of corruption in the Netherlands. Two cases are discussed that illustrate that the Netherlands has its own concerns when it comes to corruption. The fact that in the major corruption cases individuals had organized themselves in networks in which various integrity violations occurred is something which is increasingly recognized. The network corruption or corruption in the polder requires a different way of approaching corruption.

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