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    ACRN Research correspondent Eugen Dimant gives an insight into his working paper, co-written with Tim Krieger and Margarete Redlin, on the effect of immigration on the host country’s level of 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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    The pros and cons of the revolving door practice – the main arguments

    This blog post profiles some of the main arguments in favour and against the practice of revolving door. It then examines to what extent these arguments are substantiated by the latest crop of empirical studies in the field, finding that downside risks outweigh upside benefits.

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    The Ambivalent Future of Ukraine

    Alena Ledeneva shed some light on the grey areas and backgrounds that might help define the way forward for Ukraine.

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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

Research Article
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.

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).

Research Article
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.

Research Article
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.

Research Article
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.

Research Article
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.

Research Article
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

Research Article
18 Sep 2014

Corruption, Intimidation, and Whistle-blowing: a Theory of Inference from Unverifiable Reports

Sylvain Chassang and Gerard Padró i Miquel explore anti-corruption mechanisms in which a principal relies on messages by an informed monitor to target intervention against a potentially misbehaving agent, and provide a method to measure underlying corruption.

Research Article
15 Sep 2014

Bribes and Ballots: The Impact of Corruption on Voter Turnout in Democracies

Stockemer, LaMontagne and Scruggs test the link between corruption and turnout in democracies.

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