Seeds of systemic corruption in the post-Brexit UK

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Abstract

Purpose
This article assesses the risks of systematisation of corruption in the UK following the Brexit referendum.

Design/methodology/approach
The article applies theoretical and empirical findings of criminological, social, psychological, economic and legal research on the causes of systemic corruption to the socio-institutional developments following the Leave vote.

Findings
The events surrounding the referendum confirm that the resort to corrupt practices is normalised in certain sectors of the British institutions, business and media and that socio-political processes activated by the Leave vote and inadequate UK policy- and lawmaking can aggravate the situational and socio-psychological enablers of systemic corruption. Effective solutions must go beyond mere anti-corruption laws and address deeper social issues.

Research limitations/implications
The article focuses only on some of the major situational and socio-psychological causes of systemic corruption, including the unintended criminogenic effects of the law. More interdisciplinary research is required to address other causes, such as historical and cultural factors.

Practical implications
The findings of this article can inspire practical solutions by policymakers and future research.

Originality/value
The article offers the first systematic analysis of the effects of Brexit and the referendum on corruption through an integrated interdisciplinary approach to systemic corruption in the UK.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)705-718
Number of pages14
JournalJournal of Financial Crime
Volume26
Issue number3
Early online dateMay 2019
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2 Jul 2019

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Keywords

  • Brexit
  • Corruption
  • Politics
  • Law
  • UK
  • Lobbying
  • Business
  • Immigration

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  • Law

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Seeds of systemic corruption in the post-Brexit UK. / Pasculli, Lorenzo.

In: Journal of Financial Crime, Vol. 26, No. 3, 02.07.2019, p. 705-718.

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