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    Guest Post: Typologies of (Anti-) Corruption — How Much More Boring Can It Get? Or Maybe Not…

    Dieter Zinnbauer, Senior Program Manager for Emerging Policy Issues at Transparency International, talk about the inspiration one can derive from playing around with different ways to look at and classify different types of (anti)corruption.

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    Shifting the blame to bureaucrats: How political corruption can hide behind bureaucratization

    Are reformers at the political level stymied by unprofessional or corrupt bureaucrats, or are politicians writing laws that are never meant to be implemented? Matt Loftis presents the first empirical evidence that politicians delegate to trusted bureaucrats to diminish political responsibility for policy.

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    Corruption: Good Governance Powers Innovation

    Alina Mungiu-Pippidi explains that the potential for innovation of a country is highly dependent on the quality of national governance.

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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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Research Article
04 May 2015

The Global Financial Crisis and The Transnational Anti-Corruption Regime: A Call For Regulation of the World Bank’s Lending Practices

Is there any similarity between the lending practice of the World Bank Group and the functioning of the U.S. financial system prior to the crisis? ACRN Research Correspondent Giulio Nessi comments on the current anti-corruption policies of major international financial institutions and illustrates an article investigating the parallelism between the corruption risk underlying the two mechanisms.

Research Article
14 Apr 2015

Does Social Media Promote Civic Activism? Evidence from a Field Experiment

This article presents interesting results from a field experiment investigating the contribution of social media to the promotion of civic activism. Overall it found that social media can support activism by instilling a greater feeling of community and optimism about the success of a cause.

Research Article
09 Apr 2015

The Antecedents and Effects of Corruption – A Reassessment of Current (Empirical) Findings

Eugen Dimant presents his survey of empirical literature on measuring corruption using both micro and macro data, as well as on the antecedents of corruption.

Research Article
26 Mar 2015


ACRN research correspondent Berta van Schoor reviews a paper on how multi-stakeholder initiatives (MSIs) can be linked to network theory.

Research Article
24 Mar 2015

Using behavioural insights to foster benign public norms and good governance

Dieter Zinnbauer shares some reflections on a fascinating brainstorm workshop.

Research Article
20 Mar 2015


In this blog, Pr. Richard Rose and Dr. Caryn Peiffer present their latest research on bribery in the public sector

The Slovenian anti-corruption phenomenon
17 Mar 2015

The Slovenian anti-corruption phenomenon

In this blog, Yuliy A. Nisnevich presents the reults of his research the Slovenia phenomenon: the country demonstrates one of the best results of anti-corruption measures among all post-Soviet governments, even without a formal purge of old leadership.

Research Article
05 Mar 2015

Regulation of Speech and Media Coverage of Corruption: An Empirical Analysis of the Mexican Press

ACRN Research Correspondent Brigitte Zimmerman reviews an article by Piero Stanig that considers the effect of legislation restricting media freedom on corruption media coverage.

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.

EU Anticorrp

Do they really vote the rascals out?

Political corruption distorts the political and policy process and renders it more favourable to certain groups and less effective generally. Recent research has yielded a wealth of new knowledge about the impact of certain economic, political and institutional conditions on corruption, but what can be done to change the prevalence of corruption in contemporary politics?

ANTICORRP Researchers Published in New Handbook of Political Corruption

A new volume, the Routledge Handbook of Political Corruption, has just been published and includes a number of chapters by ANTICORRP researchers.

ANTICORRP Researchers Win New Project

Five European research institutes, including two ANTICORRP consortium institutions have just won a new EU-funded research project, DIGIWHIST, aimed at empowering society to combat public sector corruption.

Doublethink, Russian Style

Why do people have double standards?



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