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ACRN - Anti-Corruption Research Network

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    A panel data analysis of the effect of corruption on tourism

    ACRN Research Correspondent Brigitte Zimmerman reviews an article by Marie Poprawe that considers how corruption may be affecting tourism.

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    The Role of Private Actors and Facilitators in Corruption

    Marta Erquicia shares the findings of research into what investigative journalism can tell us about corruption in Latin America. Marta is a Senior Regional Coordinator in the Americas Department of Transparency International.

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    A guest blog by students from the London School of Economics, outlining the results of their study about land and political corruption in Africa.

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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.

The Global Meeting-Point for Anti-Corruption Research




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Research Article
26 Nov 2010

Addressing Corruption in Haiti

In the wake of the 12 January earthquake, the Haitian President Rene Preval announced a new beginning to clean government and rid the country of corruption. In tandem with the vast aid pledges towards the reconstruction effort Haiti needs to ensure that funds are used effectively.

Research Article
26 Nov 2010

Silent and Lethal: How Quiet Corruption Undermines Africa’s Development

This essay draws on this year’s Africa Development Indicators and sheds light on the direct and indirect impact of “quiet” forms of corruption on development outcomes. “Quiet” corruption is broadly defined as various types of malpractice of providers that do not involve monetary exchanges and result in a failure to deliver public services of adequate quality that have been paid for by the government.

Research Article
18 Nov 2010

Private Commercial Bribery

This publication is the result of a collaboration between the International Chamber of Commerce and the Max Planck Institute for Foreign and International Criminal Law. Thirteen country reports examine the laws of private sector bribery with regards to criminal, civil and administrative measures. In terms of criminal law, the reports reflect the lack of a uniform and systematic approach to the phenomenon of private sector bribery. In contrast to the criminalization of bribery of public ...

Research Article
17 Nov 2010

The Civil Law Consequences of Corruption

This book views the fight against corruption through the lens of civil law and initiates a discussion on how its instruments can contribute. International organizations and national laws have so far chosen criminal law as their primary weapon when dealing with corrupt cases. Nonetheless, the deterrent effect of criminal law has its limitations; only a limited number of cases end up before criminal courts whereas criminal sanctions may not adequately deter the payment of bribes that promise ...

Research Article
08 Nov 2010

Civil Remedies for Corruption in Government Contracting: Zero Tolerance Versus Proportional Liability

In this paper the author argues that the zero tolerance approach towards the enforcement of government contracts obtained by bribery might have perverse effects. He therefore motivates for bribe-payers liability that is more proportional to their fault. The author refers to the World Duty Free v. Kenya case where the ICSID panel endorsed a zero tolerance approach on the ground that granting a claim based on a contract procured by bribery would violate international public policy. According to ...

Research Article
04 Nov 2010

Commercial Corruption and Money Laundering: A Preliminary Analysis

This article examines the relationship between commercial corruption and money laundering. In the absence of previous systematic studies in private sector corruption, the author first attempts to clarify this concept. According to him, private sector or commercial corruption involves the payment or the acceptance of a bribe by a person that does not belong to the government sector. He then explains the rationale for criminalising private sector corruption by referring to the need to protect ...

Research Article
02 Nov 2010

Private-to-Private Corruption

In this paper, the author focuses on private-to-private corruption. He considers the topic as a relatively neglected one and attributes the lack of previous interest in its study to a number of assumptions: the private sector is considered as more able to protect its own interests; the incentives for this type of behavior are viewed as limited in the private sector; the social, economic, and ethical impact is estimated as less serious than that of private-to-public corruption. The author ...

Research Article
01 Nov 2010

Researching Civil Remedies for International Corruption: The Choice of the Functional Comparative Method

This paper examines how the research in the area of civil remedies for international corruption should be better conducted. The author advocates for the choice of the functional comparative method as the appropriate methodology to deal with the question, given the international dimensions of the phenomenon of corruption.

Research Article
01 Nov 2010

Stagnation of a "Miracle": Botswana's Governance Record Revisited

This paper challenges the commonly held perception of Botswana as an “African miracle” in good governance. It does so by taking an empirical approach to assessing the extent of neopatrimonialism in Botswana, an issue which has been largely ignored in mainstream analyses. The author attempts to explain Botswana’s comparatively low levels of neopatrimonalism by looking at factors such as dominance of one political party, elite-cohesion, economic and administrative interests that have ensured a ...

Research Article
27 Oct 2010

Sanctions, Benefits, and Rights: Three Faces of Accountability

This paper explores whether decentralised governments provide better accountability mechanisms to citizens by studying 30 randomly selected municipalities in Mexico. It finds that civil society activism is effective in ensuring service delivery, the relationship citizen groups have with local governments is extractive, rather than based on rights and demands of good performance. An appreciation of this distinction in the way accountability mechanisms function on the ground have important ...

EU Anticorrp

How Corruptible are EU Funds?

According to current ANTICORRP research, EU funds are up to one-third more likely to be touched by corruption than national funds, but as project researchers revealed 22 April in a meeting chaired by DG REGIO Director General Walter Deffaa, they have also found a number of policy-relevant solutions for improving this.

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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