Corruption: Epistemological Reflections and Contributions to the Public Sector

Suélem Viana Macedo, Josiel Lopes Valadares


Corruption is a recurring phenomenon throughout history, so different conceptions seek to formulate a concept that defines it. This theoretical essay aims to introduce a perspective that broadens the understanding of corruption beyond the currents of thought that prevail in studies about Brazilian public administration. This study indicates that the epistemic reconstruction of the meaning of corruption should derive from the conception of public interest as a result of deliberative processes between citizens and the State. Such perspective contributes to the debate about the importance of participation of the civil society in controlling corruption and creating public interest itself. This study also highlights that more efficient control is not only restricted to legislation reforms but it also relies on the enhancement civic virtues.


public administration; paradigms; public interest; social engagement.

ISSN (Online) 1984-9230 - (Printed) 1413-585X - Qualis CAPES A2

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