The Influence of Motivation of Public Officials on their Corrupt Behavior in the System of Public Authority

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The article analyzes the influence of motivation of public officials on their corrupt behavior. In the framework of normative-value conceptualization corruption is considered as anti-social, auto-destructive deviant behavior. The represented two-dimensional curve of motivation consists of two segments. The first, “thirst for recognition” segment consists of pro-social, positive and altruistic motives, and the second, “greed” segment consists of negative and selfish motives. This article shows that motivation, especially with external locus of control has a decisive influence on corrupt behavior as means of the goals achievement. Particularly, it directly allows public officials to use “aim justifies the means” principle, or indirectly predetermine the very aim of their actions.

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Yu A Nisnevich

National Research University «Higher School of Economics»

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The Department of Political Science

E A Tomilova

National Research University «Higher School of Economics»


The Institute of Education




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Copyright (c) 2016 Нисневич Ю.А., Томилова Е.А.

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