New paper on ‘Whither morality? “Finding God in the fight against corruption’

RaD Working Paper version – whither morality

Another paper that I’ll be publishing as a RaD working paper and submitting to a journal. Any comments or suggestions are again welcome!


There are growing calls for religion to be used in the fight against corruption based on the assumption that religious people are more concerned with ethics than the non-religious, despite the fact that many of the most corrupt countries in the world also rank highly in terms of religiosity. This paper explores how the new ‘myth’ about the relationship between religion and corruption is based on assumptions not borne out through the evidence. The paper then examines whether a discursive relationship exists instead, and what the significance of a discursive relationship might be.

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