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Corruption, Legitimacy and Human Rights: The Dialectic of the Relationship


Balakrishnan Rajagopal


Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) - Department of Urban Studies & Planning


Connecticut Journal of International Law, Vol. 14, No. 2, 1999

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In this essay, I investigate the relationship between corruption and human rights discourses as well as the idea of legitimacy, and argue that the corruption discourse undermines a particular kind of legitimacy by discrediting a particular kind of State. The essay offers a critique of the corruption discourse, and its putative linkages with a rights-based conception of legitimacy. I argue that the corruption discourse re-legitimizes particular conceptions of development, democracy, rule of law and human rights, that are elitist, eurocentric and statist.

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Keywords: Corruption, human rights, legitimacy, international law, development

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Date posted: October 25, 2006 ; Last revised: July 14, 2008

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Rajagopal, Balakrishnan, Corruption, Legitimacy and Human Rights: The Dialectic of the Relationship. Connecticut Journal of International Law, Vol. 14, No. 2, 1999. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=940042

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Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) - Department of Urban Studies & Planning ( email )
Cambridge, MA 02139-4307
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