Rethinking Noble Cause Corruption

John Kleinig

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    The historical background to and use of the expression 'noble cause corruption' to characterise certain types of police behaviour is explored. One account, in which it is understood to provide a mantle of respectability for certain kinds of police corruption is contrasted with another in which it describes a kind of corruption that is not ameliorated by its motivation. This divergence, however, points to some deeper problems and complexities in police decision-making that have not been fully acknowledged or explored in police work. These are most acute when general rules do not adequately accommodate the complexities of real-life situations.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)287-314
    Number of pages28
    JournalInternational Journal of Police Science and Management
    Issue number4
    Publication statusPublished - 2002


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