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Co-offending and bribery: the recruitment of participants to corrupt schemes and the implications for prevention

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This paper explores the rarely researched areas of co-offending and bribery. Based upon interviews with six persons convicted of bribery-related offences and other cases in the public domain, the paper explores how previously ‘clean’ persons are recruited to corrupt schemes. In doing so, the paper draws on Reason’s resident pathogen theory on safety and uniquely applies it to bribery. The paper also identifies common recruitment techniques used by corruptors and proposes pathogen network analysis as a novel method for enhancing bribery prevention.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)882–900
Number of pages19
JournalSecurity Journal
Issue number4
Early online date26 Apr 2018
Publication statusPublished - 1 Oct 2018


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