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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.’
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
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
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
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.
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.
This paper makes an attempt at testing the external validity of corruption lab experiments.
ACRN Research Correspondent Eugen Dimant reviews a new paper on the interrelation between the citizens’ right to "recall" officials and corruption levels.
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.
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