Columbia International Affairs Online: Working Papers

CIAO DATE: 09/2013

Sistem ve Yolsuzluk: Fransa ve Türkiye

Ali Murat Aydın

February 2013

Global Political Trends Center


What is corruption? Is it a plague on the modern state that should be avoided? Or is it a necessary engine oil which turns the turbines of a stopped up bureaucracy? In the most basic denotation, corruption is the abusing of a public power by a public actor for the interest of an individual or a group in return for private interest. Governments are always confronted with difficulties in fighting corruption. The reason is the diversity of perception against corruption in each society. This research aims to compare the models of corruption in Turkish and French bureaucracy. When we consider the direct relation in structuring between the traditional Turkish bureaucracy and French bureaucracy, we can more simply understand the collateral relation of these two countries in their models of corruption. The most important problem confronted about corruption in Turkey and in France is the unlimited financing of political parties without a legal circumscription. In fighting against corruption, the two countries each have to exponentially unite their anti corruption institutions in a single superior administration. This will lead to an advancement in efficiency in the fight against corrup tion. It should be kept in mind that, the ethic is not a divine or a holy concept. It’s a public term. If we look at the problem from an ideal perspective, we have to obstruct the erosion of ethical values in the democratic systems in the name of efficienc y and the market.