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    Acrn Blog: Corruption and Marketization: Formal and Informal Rules in Chinese Public Procurement

    ACRN Guest Blogger Ting Gong discusses her recent research findings, which investigate why marketization has failed to reduce corruption in public procurement in China.

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    Acrn Blog: The Effect of Immigration on Destination-Country Corruption

    ACRN Blogger Eugen Dimant investigates whether immigrants from highly corrupt countries have an impact on corruption in their host countries.

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    Parliamentary Codes are Proliferating, But Do They Curb Corruption?

    ACRN guest blogger Liz David-Barrett discusses the recent vogue for parliamentary codes of conduct. She argues that while codes are not sufficient to curb corruption, the very process of drafting a code can help parliamentarians establish common norms - especially in democratising countries.

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    Acrn Blog: Wages increases for public officials: not such a good idea after all?

    Guest blogger Eugen Dimant discusses some of the latest trends in experimental research on corruption, in particular his latest work on modelling the shortcomings of increasing public officials’ wages as a measure to curb corruption.

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    Acrn Blog: Corruption and Social Capital

    Guest blogger Luca Saporiti investigates the relationship between the quality of social capital and corruption levels.

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    ANTICORRP Researchers Win U4 Competition for New Corruption Measurement

    Two FP7 ANTICORRP project researchers, Mihály Fazekas and István János Tóth, won the U4 challenge for their work on developing indicators to measure institutionalised grand corruption in public procurement.

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    State capture, white collar crime and corruption in Europe: the role for non-state actors

    A review of papers dealing with anti-corruption topics at ECPR's September conference held in Bordeaux, France.

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    The Role of Parliaments in Curbing Corruption

    ACRN Guest Blogger Dr. Riccardo Pelizzo discusses the role legislatures can play in keeping executive corruption in check.

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17 Apr 2014
Research Article

Urban governance in the South: How did Bogotá lose its shine?

Abstract: There are all too few examples of good urban governance in the ‘South’. One city which improved its performance dramatically after 1992 was Bogota´, the capital of Colombia. It joined the ranks of exemplar cities and its former mayors toured the world advertising this ‘miracle’. Unfortunately, after 2008, the city’s administration became mired in corruption and its image ratings have dived. Keywords: bureaucracy, corruption, decentralisation, politics, urban management

17 Apr 2014
Research Article

Informal Interference in the Judiciary in New Democracies: A Comparison of Six African and Latin American Cases

Abstract This paper assesses the extent to which elected power holders informally intervene in the judiciaries of new democracies, an acknowledged but under‐researched topic in studies of judicial politics. Keywords: judicial politics, constitutional court, supreme court, Latin America, Francophone Africa, democratization, separation of powers, informal politics

17 Apr 2014
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The Role of Social Accountability in Poverty Alleviation Programs in Developing Countries: An Analysis with Reference to Bangladesh

Abstract: In spite of different approaches being experimented over the past six decades, poverty alleviation programs in the developing world have largely failed to improve poverty situation. Of all the factors responsible for the growing trend of poverty, the accountability of public officials remains an intriguing one.

14 Apr 2014
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THE 2010 “AGREEMENT ON MUTUAL ENFORCEMENT OF DEBARMENT DECISIONS” AND ITS IMPACT FOR THE FIGHT AGAINST FRAUD AND CORRUPTION IN PUBLIC PROCUREMENT

ABSTRACT: A remarkable example of coordination between IGOs to deal with corruption and fraud in public procurement is the “Agreement for the Mutual Enforcement of Debarment Decisions” signed by the World Bank and the main regional Multilateral Development Banks (MDBs) in 2010.

10 Apr 2014
Research Article

Gender and Corruption: an annotated bibliography compiled by students of the School of International and Public Affairs, Columbia Univeristy

This annotated bibliography compiled by Lily Brent, Akanit Horatanakun and Maha Syed from SIPA at Columbia University briefly discusses 15 leading articles on the relationship between Gender and Corruption.

09 Apr 2014
Research Article

Gender, equality and corruption: what are the linkages?

Gender inequality and corruption are closely inter-linked. Gender inequalities undermine good governance, sustainable growth, development outcomes and poverty alleviation. Where countries have made advances in women’s empowerment and gender equality, they have witnessed lower levels of corruption over time.

07 Apr 2014
Research Article

MOTIVATING BUSINESS TO COUNTER CORRUPTION: A PRACTITIONER HANDBOOK

After almost 3 years of research, interviews and practical testing with partner organizations Egypt and Nigeria, this Practitioner Handbook consolidates the main findings of the Humboldt-Viadrina School of Governance initiative on anti-corruption sanctions and incentives for business

14 Apr 2014
Research Article

SOCIAL ACCOUNTABILITY: PERSUASION AND DEBATE TO CONTAIN CORRUPTION

The question the authors ask in this paper is whether and how much accountability can be improved when relying on an ex-post mechanisms that generates new information through a direct verification procedure and through a simple communication game that captures basic features of social accountability mechanisms encountered in reality.

07 Apr 2014
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Reflective Leadership vs. Endemic Corruption in Emerging Markets

These study of 111 CEOs and owners of companies operating in Russia showed the ineffectiveness of universalistic top-down anti-corruption strategies at the firm level and tested a practical, bottom-up approach.

31 Mar 2014
Research Article

Corruption and persistent informality: An empirical investigation for India

Abstract: India is a country characterized by a huge informal sector. At the same time, it is a country where the extent of corruption in every sector is remarkably high.

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