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Does Political Corruption Really Help Economic Development?: Yucatan, Mexico

Margaret Goodman
Polity
Vol. 7, No. 2 (Winter, 1974), pp. 143-162
DOI: 10.2307/3234368
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/3234368
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Does Political Corruption Really Help Economic Development?: Yucatan, Mexico
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Abstract

Professor Goodman takes a close look at the new look at corruption, which views corruption amorally and functionally, on the premise that it is a transitional phenomenon and one occurring in a competitive political-economic system. She examines the effects of corruption in modernizing, authoritarian regimes, with the hypotheses, among others, that corruption inhibits evolution toward universalistic norms and protects incompetence rather than rewarding the efficient producer. The state of Yucatan, Mexico, nicely uncompetitive and corrupt, is used to test the hypotheses. In Yucatan, "the persistence of political corruption reinforces the unequal distribution of political and economic power within the society." Corruption in Mexico serves those who already have; it is not a dynamic, humane, or democratic force.

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