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Criminal Misconduct in Office: Law and Politics

Jeremy Horder


The book is principally concerned with the use of the criminal law to deter and punish corruption in politics: from employing family members at public expense to improper spending on elections. Its main focus is the application of the offence of misconduct in public office to Members of Parliament. The criminal law should not be the sole or even the main way to tackle all corruption in politics. However, the offence of misconduct in a public office should nonetheless be seen as a constitutional fundamental. It provides a way in which corrupt conduct on the part of legislators (and other offici ... More

Keywords: corruption in politics, public office, misconduct in a public office, Members of Parliament, misuse of power, improper spending

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9780198823704
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2018 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198823704.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Jeremy Horder, author
Professor of Criminal Law, London School of Economics.