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Can Religion Help in the Fight against Corruption? Evidence from Marketing and Management in Saudi Arabia: A Behavioral Ethics Perspective

by Marianna Fotaki, Faisal Alshehri and Saleema Kauser

There is general agreement that religion and ethics are closely linked. Religion provides a system of norms and values guiding how individuals should live. Such norms and values are often codified as religious beliefs in the Bible or the Quran (Parboteeah et al., 2008). And 84 percent of the world’s population declare themselves as religious (King, 2008). Even so, behavioral ethics as a discipline tends to ignore issues of faith.

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Elected officials collect large sums of money to run their campaigns, and they often pay back campaign contributors with special access and favorable laws. Fellow Daniel Newman is co-founder and executive director of MapLight, a nonprofit, nonpartisan research organization revealing money's influence on politics. MapLight serves journalists, issue-oriented nonprofit groups, and interested citizens, providing in-depth information about lawmakers, votes, and special-interest influence.

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