Nicholas Hoover Wilson on Modernity’s Corruption

Asian Review of Books | 17 August 2023 | 0h 45m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with Nicholas Hoover Wilson about his book Modernity’s Corruption: Empire and Morality in the Making of British India. Uses East India Company rule in India, and Robert Clive’s behaviour in particular, to examine how society’s view of corruption changed–from something governed by one’s situation, to a behaviour that violates a universal code of ethics.

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Cameron Murray on Grey Corruption and the ‘Game of Mates’

Speaking with… | 28 July 2017 | 0h 31m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Cameron Murray about his book Game Of Mates: How Favours Bleed the Nation, co-authored with Paul Frijters. Explores the murky world of “grey gifts”: favours and promises given to bureaucrats and politicians in order to secure favourable decisions and judgements (land rezoning, planning approvals, etc). Discusses how these arrangements occur, who benefits, who foots the bill and the potential solutions. Focusses on Australia, but the prescription and solutions to grey corruption apply everywhere.

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Michael Muthukrishna: Human Culture, The Cultural Brain, And Political Corruption

The Dissenter | 9 May 2019 | 1 h 13m | Listen Later
Interview with Michael Muthukrishna about the psychological and evolutionary processes that underlie culture and how culture is transmitted, maintained and modified. Discusses the interplay between biology and culture in explaining large-scale human cooperation; the biological bases of human culture; the Cultural Brain Hypothesis; the relationship between individual-level psychology and group-level traits; genetic and cultural evolution; group selection; prosocial institutions; political corruption and how societies might promote it and also common strategies to fight it that might backfire.

Postscript: Michael Muthukrishna’s book, A Theory of Everyone, is now available for pre-order. I’ve ordered my copy. I believe this will be the best and most significant book of 2023.

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Yuen Yuen Ang – China’s Gilded Age

New Books in Economics | 18 December 2020 | 0h 44m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Yuen Yuen Ang about her book China’s Gilded Age: The Paradox of Economic Boom and Vast Corruption. Defines four types of corruption: petty theft, grand theft, speed money, and access money, Explains that not all types of corruption carry the same harm and have the same impact on growth. Overviews research on corruption and argues that countries that appear free of corruption are just characterized by more sophisticated forms of corruption.

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Tom Burgis on Kleptopia

AML Talk Show | 11 November 2020 | 1h 12m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Tom Burgis about his book Kleptopia: How Dirty Money Is Conquering the World. Discusses the dirty money flooding the global economy, emboldening dictators, and poisoning democracies. Includes hard-hitting criticism of the rather-too-flexible morality of western politicians and bankers.

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