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Artur Parreira Ana Lorga da Silva Raquel Rego

Abstract

The progress of modern societies towards future societies can follow multiple pathways, whose central axis are different bets on how to organize the resources of matter, energy and information for the benefit of those societies. One of them is the extensive use of information technology and scientific knowledge in all domains of living, principally in economic and social processes. It is reasonable to expect that a set of characteristics will develop and impact on the behavior patterns and socioeconomic and political features of these societies. An important thematic focus of this research consists in evaluating characteristics favorable to the elimination of unethical behavior, in terms of interpersonal and social relations, and specifically the corruption processes, in economy and politics, which are raging today in many societies. Concerns about the transparency of political, economic and social decisions are felt not only in the scientific, religious and cultural institutions, but begin to trigger specific behaviors in politics. This study was moved by these concerns and attempted to achieve three conceptual and practical results:- To evaluate the perceived characteristics of knowledge societies as effective barriers against corruption;- To enlight with sufficient precision what people include in the concepts of corruption an transparency;- To identify those features evaluated as most effective to control undesirable social behaviors associated with corruption.

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