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May 2015 Vol. 52 No. 9

Lynne Rienner Publishers


The following review appeared in the May 2015 issue of CHOICE:

Comparative Politics
52-5001
JF1081
2012-278211 MARC
Beyerle, Shaazka. Curtailing corruption: people power for accountability and justice. L. Rienner, 2014. 325p bibl index afp ISBN 9781626370524, $65.00; ISBN 9781626370562 pbk, $25.00; ISBN 9781626371729 ebook, $25.00.

This is a truly engaging and fascinating read with a serious, novel take on the expansive corruption literature.  The simple premise of trying to document and systematically analyze nonviolent and civil resistance campaigns in the contemporary setting is a worthwhile endeavor for research.  These are only the first two steps of a four-step process.  The inclusion of international consequences, the role of the global community, and policy-relevant suggestions based on real case evidence and history rather than mere ethical ideals or logical necessities make this work particularly useful.  It is theoretically sound and empirically relevant, giving voice to communities that have long been important in the fight against corruption but for some reason have never been the exclusive focus of systematic analysis.  The cases and evidence are expansive, diverse, and interesting.  The writing style is accessible and compelling.  Perhaps most important, this is finally a volume that looks at corruption from the "people power" level and does not try to simply portray people as de facto victims but rather aims to show evidence of situations in which they enact positive change.

--M. D. Crosston, Bellevue University

Summing Up: Highly recommended. All readership levels.