By Ian Jack Cameron’s summit had noble ambitions, but we need more cohesive societies to stamp out cheating for personal gain
When the economist Gunnar Myrdal was researching his book Asian Drama, his classic investigation into Asian poverty, he found that one subject was “almost taboo” among scholars and planners. No matter which learned institutions they were from, none wanted to talk about corruption. Many other, often poorer, people did. As Myrdal pointed out in 1968, authoritarian regimes in the region often came to power on the promise that rampant bribery and nepotism would be eradicated, either by the Communists (for whom corruption was an inevitable by-product of capitalism) or by the army (which saw it as a result of poor social discipline), depending on who was leading the change.
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