Whose Corruption? Which Law? Law’s Authority and Social Power

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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.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationLegal but Corrupt: a New Perspective on Public Ethics
EditorsFrank Anechiarico
Place of PublicationLanham, (MD)
PublisherRowman and Littlefield International
Number of pages33
ISBN (Electronic)978-1-4985-3639-4
ISBN (Print)978-1-4985-3638-7
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2016


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