This paper focuses on the concept of ‘legal but corrupt’ from a pluralist perspective. I argue that the naming and ‘discovery’ of corruption relies on an authority to scrutinise and investigate institutional conduct. The plurality of state and non-state laws under which we are governed sets limits however on any institutional capacity to name and so discover misconduct. The paper focuses on the scandals involving the Catholic Church both in Ireland and in the United States and from there I examine how the state’s power to intervene in alternate institutions is conceived.
|Title of host publication||Legal but Corrupt: a New Perspective on Public Ethics|
|Place of Publication||Lanham, (MD)|
|Publisher||Rowman and Littlefield International|
|Number of pages||33|
|Publication status||Published - Dec 2016|