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    The question of how Denmark got to be Denmark – a historical pathway of fighting corruption

    Historian Mette Frisk Jensen summarizes some of the latest findings in her research on the history of anti-corruption in Denmark since the 17th century.

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    Global Shell Games — Experimenting with Untraceable Shell Companies

    Jason Sharman, Michael Findley and Daniel Nielson ran a real-world experiment to see whether corporate service providers would comply with the rules on client screening, particularly in cases where the client profile raised “red flags.”

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    NEW PERSPECTIVES ON THE HISTORY OF CORRUPTION AND WHY THEY ARE IMPORTANT

    Historian Ronald Kroeze explains that research on the history of corruption should affect our understanding of corruption and anti-corruption.

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    The premium chocolate box, or why culture matters for understanding corruption

    Anthropologist Davide Torsello explain in this blog post that cultural differences play a strong role in understanding and fighting corruption, stronger than what has so far been acknowledged in research.

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Returning ‘Politically Exposed Persons’ Illicit Assets from Switzerland – International Law in the Force Field of Complexity and Conditionality
02 Dec 2014

Returning ‘Politically Exposed Persons’ Illicit Assets from Switzerland – International Law in the Force Field of Complexity and Conditionality

Research correspondent Giulio Nessi reviews an article dealing with the international law implications of illegally acquired assets being transferred to Switzerland by ‘Politically Exposed Persons.’

Indignation or Resignation: The Implications of Transparency for Societal Accountability
26 Nov 2014

Indignation or Resignation: The Implications of Transparency for Societal Accountability

ACRN Research Correspondent Brigitte Zimmerman reflects on the findings of an article by Monika Bauhr and Marcia Grimes that considers the conditions under which transparency results in citizen engagement.

Breaking the Resource Curse: Transparency in the Natural Resource Sector and the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative
05 Nov 2014

Breaking the Resource Curse: Transparency in the Natural Resource Sector and the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative

Transparency a panacea for resource rich countries? - A new empirical analysis shows mixed results with regard to the effectiveness of the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI).

Using ICTs to create a culture of transparency: E-government and social media as openness and anti-corruption tools for societies
03 Nov 2014

Using ICTs to create a culture of transparency: E-government and social media as openness and anti-corruption tools for societies

Bertot, Jaeger and Grimes assess the potential for ICTs to be a change agent for openness and transparency. While they show the difficulties in the acceptance of these tools in some societies, the authors remain optimistic about their potential impact and formulate recommendations on how to use ICTs to support transparency in the fight against corruption

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27 Oct 2014

Nobody likes a rat: On the willingness to report lies and the consequences thereof

How do groups react towards known whistleblowers in their midst? Apparently, they try to get rid of them. This study indicates that even the non-corrupt individuals prefer not having whistleblowers in their groups.

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20 Oct 2014

The Political Power of Social Media: Technology, the Public Sphere, and Political Change

In this seminal article Clay Shirky analyses the potential of social media to induce political change. He argues that social media are an important tool to support civil society and the public sphere and that they can be vital in forming a political environment of change.

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15 Oct 2014

Can Corruption be Studied in the Lab?: Comparing a Field and a Lab Experiment

This paper makes an attempt at testing the external validity of corruption lab experiments.

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26 Sep 2014

Political Institutions and Corruption: An Experimental Examination of the “Right to Recall”

ACRN Research Correspondent Eugen Dimant reviews a new paper on the interrelation between the citizens’ right to "recall" officials and corruption levels.

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24 Sep 2014

Input and Output Legitimacy of Multi-Stakeholder Initiatives

Under which conditions can multi-stakeholder initiatives be legitimated? – Mena and Palazzo try to give the answer by presenting a set of newly developed legitimacy criteria, illustrating their concept with a wide range of MSI examples.

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22 Sep 2014

Fighting Corruption with Social Accountability: A Comparative Analysis of Social Accountability Mechanisms’ Potential to Reduce Corruption in Public Administration

ACRN Research Correspondent Brigitte Zimmerman reviews a recent paper that argues social accountability mechanisms are effective only against a backdrop of electoral accountability

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