Global Lessons from Fitzgerald : From State and National to Global Integrity Systems

Sampford, Charles (2010) Global Lessons from Fitzgerald : From State and National to Global Integrity Systems. In Lewis, Colleen, Ransley, Janet, & Homel, Ross (Eds.) The Fitzgerald Legacy: Reforming Public Life in Australia and Beyond. Australian Academic Press, Brisbane , Qld, pp. 212-235.

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Abstract

Tony Fitzgerald’s visionary leap was to see beyond localised, individual wrongdoing. He suggested remedies that were systemic, institutionalised, and directed at underlying structural problems that led to corruption. His report said ‘the problems with which this Inquiry is concerned are not merely associated with individuals, but are institutionalized and related to attitudes which have become entrenched’ (Fitzgerald Report 1989, 13). His response was to suggest an enmeshed system of measures to not only respond reactively to future corruption, but also to prevent its recurrence through improved integrity systems. In the two decades since that report the primary focus of corruption studies and anti-corruption activism has remained on corruption at the local level or within sovereign states. International activism was largely directed at co-ordinating national campaigns and to use international instruments to make these campaigns more effective domestically. This reflects the broader fact that, since the rise of the nation state, states have comprised the majority of the largest institutional actors and have been the most significant institution in the lives of most individuals. This made states the ‘main game in town’ for the ‘governance disciplines’ of ethics, law, political science and economics.

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ID Code: 42317
Item Type: Book Chapter
Keywords: Political History - Queensland, Governance
ISBN: 9781921513350
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY (160000) > CRIMINOLOGY (160200)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY (160000) > POLICY AND ADMINISTRATION (160500)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > PHILOSOPHY AND RELIGIOUS STUDIES (220000) > APPLIED ETHICS (220100)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Law
Current > Research Centres > Law and Justice Research Centre
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2010 Australian Academic Press.
Deposited On: 17 Jul 2011 23:48
Last Modified: 20 Jul 2011 23:49

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