Revistes Catalanes amb Accés Obert (RACO)

Corrupción y sostenibilidad: los descaminos del mundo y la base estructural de la corrupción moderna

Andri Werner Stahel


Starting from the deepest comprehension of the concept of “corruption” itself, this article points towards the double meaning of the concept. A first meaning, perhaps the most popular one, points towards a legal/administrative definition of the concept and refers to breaking rules/laws and/or to the abuse of a determined position driven by self-interest. Then, on a second and more structural level, we can find actions or ways of social organization that seek benefits for a single sector at the expense of the common well-being on a broader sense without losing sight on the long run. Hence, the definition of corruption is not inserted on the legal sphere but, on the moral and ethic one since it foes against common well-being and well-living of a larger community. Going further, the present article aims to show that this second kind of corruption corresponds to the essence of social cultural, economic and political processes that the generate unsustainability. In doing so, we hope not only to acquire a broader understanding of the main essence of the unsustainable development models that prevail today, which are progressively corrupted and sources of corruption as well.

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