BACK in the last century, it was easy to find economists who liked a little corruption, saying it oiled the wheels of government and commerce. Today, this complacency has gone, with most development specialists saying bribes weaken governments and shrink private investment. Now the United Nations is developing a Convention against Corruption. Keith Nuthall reports.

CORRUPTION is catching. One Indian summer eight years ago, I was offered the chance to send my package home to England from New Delhi first class, only at a discount and ...

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