Corruption, Cohesion and the Rule of Law

Roger Sapsford, Gerasimos Tsourapas, Pamela Ann Abbott

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Corruption provokes much anger in MENA and was important as a trigger in the Arab Uprisings it was government corruption that sparked the greatest anger among the population. The argument of this Report is (a) that government corruption is a major and obvious breach of trust, (b) that the same is true for ‘civil’ corruption – ‘wasta’ in employment, business corruption - and (c) that corruption is a special case of breach of the Rule of Law which is essential for a decent society. The initial focus on corruption leads to consideration of what people think they can reasonably expect from government and from each other. Ultimately, corruption breaks the cords that hold modern societies together; it is an attack on social cohesion.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationAberdeen
Number of pages18
Publication statusPublished - 28 May 2017

Publication series

NameArab Transformations Working Paper
PublisherUniversity of Aberdeen
ISSN (Electronic)2398-9106


  • MENA
  • Uprisings
  • Arab Spring
  • Corruption
  • Egypt
  • Iraq
  • Jordan
  • Libya
  • Morocco
  • Tunisia
  • Democracy
  • Cohesion


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