Clean but compromised: Corruption in the UK public administration

  • Paul Heywood
  • Rebecca Dobson


Public administration in the United Kingdom has
long enjoyed a reputation for being both impartial and corruption-free. However,  from the outset it has sought to manage a tension between efficiency and public accountability; these twin demands have constituted the driving forces of reform initiatives to this day. This paper assesses a system that, whilst increasingly protected by strong anti-corruption compliance mechanisms, faces risks of politicisation, and also integrity and oversight challenges as the lines between public and private become increasingly blurred. These developments threaten the public administration’s much-vaunted ‘impartiality’ and erode its protective features, with potentially negative consequences for controlling corruption.

Keywords: public administration, UK, corruption, impartiality.

Apr 10, 2019
How to Cite
HEYWOOD, Paul; DOBSON, Rebecca. Clean but compromised: Corruption in the UK public administration. DPCE Online, [S.l.], v. 38, n. 1, apr. 2019. ISSN 2037-6677. Available at: <>. Date accessed: 23 apr. 2024. doi:
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