What is wrong with institutional corruption. A philosophical investigation into the moral foundation of modern institutions

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What is wrong with institutional corruption. A philosophical investigation into the moral foundation of modern institutions

Type: Master thesis
Title: What is wrong with institutional corruption. A philosophical investigation into the moral foundation of modern institutions
Author: Tycho, Prins
Issue Date: 2017-04-28
Keywords: Institution
Corruption
Moral foundation
Legitimacy
Modern institution
Public trust
Trustworthiness
Institutional
Integrity
Moral principles
Abstract: Institutional corruption is a prevalent issue in many societies. Institutional corruption can harm the solidarity that is vital to a society. However, institutional corruption is underdeveloped as a concept. The main reason is that it lacks a proper moral foundation. A clear moral foundation is necessary in order to identify and effectively address institutional corruption. In this research, I ask what the moral foundation of institutions is and how we can form a proper moral judgement about institutional functioning. To answer this question, I firstly review several concepts of corruption that are dominant in academic literature. Secondly, I discuss with institutional theory what is ‘institutional’ about institutional corruption. This includes a discussion about what is institutional legitimacy. Thirdly, I discuss what is ‘corruptive’ about institutional corruption. I formulate a proper moral foundation for institutional functioning in a Kantian and Habermassian tradition. Within these traditions, a proper way of judging institutional functioning from a moral perspective emerges. Finally, with the moral foundation and the method for judging institutional corruption, I present a clear concept of institutional corruption.
Supervisor: Fossen, Dr. Thomas
Faculty: Faculty of Humanities
Department: Philosophy (60 EC) (Master)
Specialisation: Philosophy: Ethics and Politics
ECTS Credits: 20
Handle: http://hdl.handle.net/1887/49357
 

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