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    From corruption to state capture: a new analytical framework

    A recent paper published by the Corruption Research Center Budapest offers an exciting new take on how to analyse state capture; a term which is widely debated and used, yet has so far largely escaped a precise analytical definition and measurement.

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    Video interviews of anti-corruption researchers

    In eight video interviews, six anti-corruption researchers talk about their research, what they learned, the new and promising areas of anti-corruption research and give tips to help young researchers interested in this field.

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    Mainstreaming ethics and anti-corruption in higher education: the Poznan Declaration

    In this blog, Marcus Tannenberg from the Quality of Government Institute presents the “Poznan Declaration”, a declaration aiming at mainstreaming ethics and anti-corruption throughout higher education.

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    Anti-Corruption Revolutions: When Civil Society Steps In

    Can an empowered civil society with access to public information make a difference in the fight against corruption?

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    National Anticorruption Strategies: Lessons from the Asia-Pacific Region

    Released by UNDP Bangkok office on December 9, "Anticorruption Strategies: Understanding What Works, What Doesn’t and Why — Lessons from the Asia-Pacific Region" draws on the experience of 14 countries in the region to help guide policymakers wanting to promulgate a national strategy or revise an existing one.

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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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