Critics’ Reviews

Corruption, collusion and nepotism: … the problems [are] not confined to a single nation … . Now creditors, such as the World Bank and Asian Development Bank, are demanding better accountability and legal governance. … the 11 senior legal, business and policy academics who collaborated on this volume take a dissenting view. … [They see] that the governance push, like its law and democracy antecedent, is doomed because of its implicit pro-Western capitalist agenda and its failure to address the real issue – namely, that corruption has flourished because it delivers results. In this study, after examination of the underlying frameworks under consideration, focus falls on two countries – Indonesia and Vietnam . This is a significant, thought-provoking, perhaps even iconoclastic work …" – The Australian, Wednesday 7 August 2002, p 35

Anti-corruption agencies have been set up to fight [corruption, collusion and nepotism].…

Multilateral agencies such as the IMF, the World Bank, the Asian Development Bank, Transparency International have also tried (to combat corruption). So why have all their attempts failed? Are the adversaries that strong? Are we going in the wrong direction? Is the legal framework inadequate? Is something lacking in the implementation? If we read this book, edited by Tim Lindsey and Howard Dick, we must admit that there is a mound of reasons why all these efforts have come to nothing, and how tightly immersed they are in our present culture and governmental system.

In this book, experts from legal, economic and social sciences backgrounds rethink corruption and focus on it from different angles. The book presents not only methods to eradicate corruption but also precedes it with an observation of the conditions that make corruption hard to distinguish from other cultural aspects.

… More books like this must be written. More importantly, however, this book is a must-read for leaders and experts of multilateral agencies seeking to provide assistance. – Tempo Interaktif (Indonesia), 9 August 2002

… provide[s] excellent theoretical and empirical material for rethinking the governance paradigm and, by extension, the role of international financial and development institutions. It is a timely contribution to a debate that must be had. – Bulletin of Indonesian Economic Studies, Vol 38 No 2, 2002

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