Corruption: an evolutionary institutional economics approach.

Name: Eduardo Toneto do Livramento
Type: MSc dissertation
Publication date: 26/06/2019
Advisor:

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Alexandre Ottoni Teatini Salles Advisor *

Examining board:

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Alexandre Ottoni Teatini Salles Advisor *
Octavio Augusto Camargo Conceição External Examiner *
Rogério Arthmar Internal Examiner *

Summary: This dissertation aims to contribute to the field of research on corruption
from an evolutionary institutionalist perspective, especially focused on the contributions of Thorstein B. Veblen and Geoffrey Hodgson. To do so, some of the main theoretical concepts of evolutionary institutional economics were condensed on the first chapter. Subsequently, through a bibliographical analysis that deals with the theme of corruption, some theoretical and conceptual gaps that persist in different approaches of corruption have been highlighted. In chapter four an institutionalist theoretical model of the evolution of corrupt behavior was suggested, including the mechanisms involved in the formation and sharing of corrupt habits. Through a metatheory approach it was observed that corruption should be seen as a complex social phenomenon, which can emerge as an institution and be sustained by the social reproduction of corrupt habits through mechanisms of Reconstitutive Downward Effects. The consideration of the evolutionary and cultural aspects of
morality and the psychological and social mechanisms of reproduction and formation of habits have proved to be potentially important for the model of evolution of the corrupt behavior approached. It has been observed that institutionalism does not provide a single and complete model of research, but it may contribute to a metatheoretical structure that stimulates further research and provides a repository for later theories and auxiliary models.

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