Luxury and Corruption: Challenging the Anti-Corruption Consensus

Tereza Østbø Kuldova, Jardar Østbø, Thomas Raymen

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The world has been bombarded in recent years with images of the luxurious lives and wealth of corrupt oligarchs and kleptocrats, amassed at the expense of ordinary people. Such images exploit our feelings of injustice, are taken as indicative of moral decay and inspire a desire to purge our economies of dirty money, objects and people.

But why do anti-corruption efforts routinely fail? What kind of world are they creating? Looking at luxury art, antiquities, superyachts and populist politics, this book explores the connection between luxury and corruption, and offers an alternative to the received wisdom of how we tackle corruption.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationBristol
PublisherBristol University Press
Number of pages192
ISBN (Electronic)9781529212433
ISBN (Print)9781529236330, 9781529212419
Publication statusAccepted/In press - 2 Nov 2023

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