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Do the Powerful Corrupt? An Analysis of State Power and Political Corruption among Trading Partners
Unformatted Document Text:  Do the Powerful Corrupt? A Brief Analysis of State Power and Political Corruption Among Trading Partners Michaelene D. Cox Brescia University ## email not listed ## Abstract Political corruption continues to challenge economic development, growth of democracy, and peaceful international relations. Linkages among the latter have long occupied scholars, while the subject of political avarice has been included only quite recently in quantitative studies. Building upon research that points to strong links between corruption and economic interdependence, this study examines the relationships among trading partners, in particular among those countries that have one or only a few major trading partners. Does the corruption level of its major trading partner(s) impact a country’s corruption level? To some degree, it appears that countries with a single major trading partner are indeed influenced by their partner’s level of corruption. The greater the propensity of its partner to offer and accept bribes, the more likely a country will reciprocate. On the flip side, the more a partner abides by clean dealings, the more likely a country too will forswear illicit transactions. This relationship, however, is borne out only among countries with single major partners claiming between 10 and 20 percent of exports and not for those single major partners with more than 20 percent share of exports. Paper prepared for presentation at the annual meeting of the International Studies Association, Montreal, Canada, March 17-20, 2004

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Do the Powerful Corrupt?
A Brief Analysis of State Power and Political Corruption Among Trading Partners
Michaelene D. Cox
Brescia University
## email not listed ##
Abstract
Political corruption continues to challenge economic development, growth of democracy,
and peaceful international relations. Linkages among the latter have long occupied
scholars, while the subject of political avarice has been included only quite recently in
quantitative studies. Building upon research that points to strong links between corruption
and economic interdependence, this study examines the relationships among trading
partners, in particular among those countries that have one or only a few major trading
partners. Does the corruption level of its major trading partner(s) impact a country’s
corruption level? To some degree, it appears that countries with a single major trading
partner are indeed influenced by their partner’s level of corruption. The greater the
propensity of its partner to offer and accept bribes, the more likely a country will
reciprocate. On the flip side, the more a partner abides by clean dealings, the more likely
a country too will forswear illicit transactions. This relationship, however, is borne out
only among countries with single major partners claiming between 10 and 20 percent of
exports and not for those single major partners with more than 20 percent share of exports.
Paper prepared for presentation at the annual meeting of the International Studies Association,
Montreal, Canada, March 17-20, 2004


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