What is corruption?
Sleaze and global fraud discussed in this month’s Taxcast from the Tax Justice Network.
In the May 2016 Taxcast: What is corruption? Well, that’s a political question, and the answer depends on who you ask. We discuss the anti-corruption summit in the City of London, the world’s capital of sleaze, and ask if the sun ever set on the colonial era and the idea that corruption is a poor-country issue. We explore extortive corruption versus collusive corruption and look at a new poll which indicates for the first time the vast gulf between what the British people consider corrupt, and what has become a ‘normal’ way of doing business and politics. The overlap between the public and private spheres raises serious questions about democracy – and the nature of global fraud.
Featuring: Nicholas Shaxson of Treasure Islands: Tax Havens and The Men Who Stole the World, Professor Vincenzo Ruggiero of the Crime and Conflict Research Centre at Middlesex University, Will McMahon of the Centre for Crime and Justice Studies, Professor David Whyte of Liverpool University and editor of the book How Corrupt is Britain?, plus a brief appearance from British Prime Minster David Cameron and President Buhari of Nigeria.
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