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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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    Civil Society Combats Corruption

    A Review of Shaazka Beyerle’s Curtailing Corruption: People Power for Accountability & Justice by Richard E. Messick.

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    The Role of Academia in Anti-Corruption Collective Action

    Anti-corruption studies and research remain in their infancy due to the present lack of inter-disciplinary anti-corruption materials and funding at the donor level. The Anti-Corruption Academic Initiative (ACAD) seeks to address these issues.

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    The ACRN Research Paper Competition 2014

    The Anti-Corruption Research Network (ACRN) invites submissions from young researchers for its annual anti-corruption research paper competition.

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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.

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.

Research Article
11 Sep 2014

The Impact of Anti-Corruption Strategies on Corruption Free Performance in Public Construction Projects

Research correspondent Donatella Casale presents an article by S.Z.S. Tabish and Kumar Neeraj Jha.

Research Article
09 Sep 2014

On the Interpretation of Bribery in a Laboratory Corruption Game: Moral Frames and Social Norms

ACRN Research Correspondent Eugen Dimant reviews a new paper on the validity of corruption experiments and the role of moral frames.

Research Article
03 Sep 2014

Human Trafficking in South Asia: Issues of Corruption and Human Security

An article that explores an emerging area of scholarship that connects public sector corruption with human rights violations.

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