Psychological mechanism of corruption: A comprehensive review

Juneman Abraham, Julia Suleeman, Bagus Takwin

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Abstract

Corruption prevention can be more effective if it does not rely merely on legal enforcement. This theoretical review aimed to propose a hypothetical psychological model capable of explaining the behavior of corruption. Moral disengagement is a variable that is considered ontologically closest in "distance" to the variable of corruption behavior. Counterfeit self, implicit self-theory, ethical mindset and moral emotion are taken into account as the pivotal factors of the corruption behavior and its mechanism of moral disengagement. Counterfeit self along with some moderating variables are regarded to "set" one's future corrupt behavior based on his/her past/prior ethical or unethical behavior and moral emotions. This review discovered a conjectural-theoretical model of the corruption psychology. It can be used to design a social intervention and training for individuals to manage the mindset and emotion that can buffer counterfeit self effect. In addition, the users of these research findings are recommended to be aware of the surroundings that consist of groups of people with particular ethical mindset, moral emotion proneness and self-theory.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)587-604
Number of pages18
JournalAsian Journal of Scientific Research
Volume11
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2018

Keywords

  • Corruption
  • Counterfeit self
  • Ethical mindset
  • Moral disengagement
  • Moral emotion
  • Self-theory

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