The level of corruption is a function of the honesty and integrity of both public officials and private individuals

Critically evaluate the following statement by Susan Rose-Ackerman (1996): ‘The level of corruption is a function of the honesty and integrity of both public officials and private individuals. With these factors held constant, the size and incidence of bribe payments are determined by the overall level of benefits available, the riskiness of corrupt deals, and the relative bargaining power of briber and bribee.’