Corruption, Legitimacy and Human Rights: The Dialectic of the Relationship
Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) - Department of Urban Studies & Planning
Connecticut Journal of International Law, Vol. 14, No. 2, 1999
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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