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8 Corruption from the Top: The Getty and Caligula’s Legacy

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This chapter seeks to gain insight into how the Getty became an incubator for unethical behaviour and to evaluate the effectiveness of the Van Duyne model in describing this process. It uses the model on corruption used by Petrus Van Duyne (2001). This theoretical perspective offers a model of five stages of corruption. The chapter abandons the phase of extravagance as a separate category. Research on criminal issues in general (such as organized crime, for example) has also relied mainly on journalistic sources. Since the Van Duyne (2001) model focuses on the importance of the individual decision maker, the chapter examines some of the most influential figures whose actions shaped the Getty culture. The question of the Getty's historically questionable acquisition practices is more of an amalgam of influences. Meanwhile, the Van Duyne model serves as an effective tool to identify organizations at risk or wrestling with dysfunctional, corrupt behaviour.

Keywords: corrupt behaviour; corruption; extravagance; Getty culture; journalistic sources; Van Duyne model



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