Sociology of Corruption

Monday, July 14, 2014: 11:38 AM
Room: 501
Oral Presentation
Sascha GRIMMER , University of Basel, Basel, Switzerland
Corruption under the perspective of its effect on the stability of macro-social democratic societies shall be discussed. It appears as deviation from normed functionalities in spheres of society with the aim of taking advantage for all parties involved in the corruption relationship . In the theory of differentiation this is an effect of dedifferentation, a throwback of modernity, because their superior, to functional differentiation and specialization based operation has been abandoned . Corruption appears to herein as functional equivalent of subsystem-specific function logics. It appears from the normative point of view of democratic theory and a corresponding democratic political culture as a system in jeopardy context. The reference to the political culture may be enough to highlight that corruption in everyday life and its many small, non-significant standard violations begins with each individual. The studies of Morlok and Tänzler refer to social changes (De-structuralizations) , which promote structural level corruption.
In the sociology of domination and social theory, where corruption with respect to the functioning of organizations or subsystems have no relevant role. They operate as criminalized forms of deviant behavior and not as a functional equivalent to - ideal-typical, but normative desired logic system . However, as much corruption as related phenomena are widely used as exceptions to a normal social functioning display operations. Another conceptualization is advisable in my view, e.g. of democratic rule of bureaucratic administration and the rule of law, which is not based on the model developed by Webers ideal type of legal authority. Corruption should be to as "normal" even if socially disapproved and criminal sanctioned appearance have been recorded . Having the opportunities explored at the same time, the redefinition of social areas (such as private vs. public ) and system specific logics which provide a better theoretical perspective on gaining corruption.