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dc.contributor.convenorSchool of Political Science, University of Queenslanden_AU
dc.contributor.authorBuchan, Bruceen_US
dc.contributor.editorUniversity of Queenslanden_US
dc.date.accessioned2017-04-04T19:33:29Z
dc.date.available2017-04-04T19:33:29Z
dc.date.issued2008en_US
dc.date.modified2009-09-04T06:05:57Z
dc.identifier.refurihttp://www.polsis.uq.edu.au/index.html?page=51071en_AU
dc.identifier.doihttp://www.polsis.uq.edu.au/apsa2008/Refereed-papers/Buchan.pdfen_AU
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10072/22262
dc.description.abstractUncertainty clouds the development of the concept of corruption in modern political discourse. Although it is widely assumed that the concept underwent a substantial narrowing of focus during the eighteenth century, the conceptual parameters of corruption in eighteenth century thought have yet to be fully explored. In broad terms, prior to the eighteenth century the concept of corruption could be said to have connoted the moral decay of the polity due to the incidence of 'self-interested' conduct. By the early nineteenth century however, corruption denoted less a moral failure in the polity, so much as the unwarranted intrusion of 'self-interested' private motives of a financial kind in the fulfilment of public, political office. Crucial to this shift of emphasis, I will argue, was the reconsideration of 'interest' in eighteenth century thought. In arguing so, I wish to complicate the conventional histories of 'interest' which have tended to emphasise its 'positive' role in Enlightenment thought. On this view, the positive evaluation of 'self-interest' was thought crucial to the rise of modern polities based on the pursuit of the common good (ie. the peace and prosperity of the populace under a sovereign state) incorporating a more coherent delineation of private from public domains. I will argue however, that Early-Modern and Enlightenment thought (c.1500-1800) was characterised by persistent doubts about the role of interest in morality and politics. Part of these doubts related to the diversity of interests, including self-interest, national-interest, factional or partyinterest. A crucial question this paper seeks to explore is where corruption features as a problem in the context of these manifold interests?en_US
dc.description.peerreviewedYesen_US
dc.description.publicationstatusYesen_AU
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dc.languageEnglishen_US
dc.language.isoen_AU
dc.publisherAustralian Political Studies Associationen_US
dc.publisher.placeThe Australian National University, Canberra, ACTen_US
dc.publisher.urihttp://www.polsis.uq.edu.au/index.html?page=51071en_AU
dc.relation.ispartofstudentpublicationNen_AU
dc.relation.ispartofconferencenameAPSA2008en_US
dc.relation.ispartofconferencetitleAustralian Political Studies Association Conference Proceedingsen_US
dc.relation.ispartofdatefrom2008-07-06en_US
dc.relation.ispartofdateto2008-07-09en_US
dc.relation.ispartoflocationBrisbaneen_US
dc.rights.retentionYen_AU
dc.subject.fieldofresearchcode360104en_US
dc.titleAn Interest in Corruption?en_US
dc.typeConference outputen_US
dc.type.descriptionE1 - Conference Publications (HERDC)en_US
dc.type.codeE - Conference Publicationsen_US
gro.facultyArts, Education & Law Group, School of Humanities, Languages and Social Sciencesen_US
gro.rights.copyrightCopyright remains with the author 2008. The attached file is posted here with permission of the copyright owner for your personal use only. No further distribution permitted. For information about this conference please refer to the publisher's website or contact the author.en_AU
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