The corruption fight

A meeting last month on corruption provided a reminder that it's easier to espouse righteousness on this subject than it is to be right. Everyone knows corruption is bad. In growing numbers, representatives of companies and governments, from large countries and small, vow to resist it. Governments outlaw it. International organizations address it in various ways. Companies declaim against it in policy statements. Still, corruption happens.Where legal systems are weak and people are desperate, corruption thrives. Yet even strong systems and general prosperity can't annul the temptation of easy money. An institutional movement against corruption during the past several decades has r...

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