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.
Legal protection for whistleblowers living in the world’s biggest economies, the Group of 20, is patchy at best and needs to be strengthened to bolster the fight against corruption.
Sofia Wickberg, PhD candidate at Science Po, looks back on a recent colloquium organised in Paris bringing together prominent corruption researchers.
ACRN Guest Blogger Nicolas Hamelin discusses a recent investigation he conducted into a 2012 social marketing campaign against corruption in Morocco. While it was widely publicized (reaching 60% of survey respondents), the campaign failed to make a real impact for two key reasons: the overly simplistic nature of the message and, ironically, the general public distrust of the government.
Guest blogger Dr. Riccardo Pelizzo explores the relationship between corrupt practices in higher education and corruption.
ACRN Research Correspondent Niklas Kossow examines the role of civil society in trying to turn the momentum of the anti-Yanukovych Maidan protests into a viable anti-corruption movement, as well as the role of social media in sustaining this.
A NEW TREATY ON BUSINESS AND HUMAN RIGHTS? PLUS: THE UNCAC, EITI AND PETTY CORRUPTION IN POST-ARAB SPRING TUNISIA
In the wake of the UNHRC’s resolution in June to work towards a new treaty on business and human rights, Keith Henderson, professor at the Washington College of Law, considers the possible implications for the anti-corruption community. He also presents a paper on Tunisia’s legal anti-corruption framework post-revolution.
Sri Lankan society is very diverse, representing various socio-economic environments and ethnic groups. While these unequal conditions certainly nurture corruption, its impact on different communities is highly differentiated. To identify the distinct effects of corruption on women and their relative vulnerability when obtaining public services, Transparency International Sri Lanka recently conducted a research project entitled Women's Experience of Corruption in Public Service. Here, Mohammad ...
Brigitte Zimmerman, Ph.D. candidate at the University of California, considers several recent research contributions on the effect of information about corruption on citizens’ involvement in anti-corruption efforts, showing that citizens respond to information about corruption scandals differently depending on their partisanship and the economic impact of the corruption.
Promoting, Implementing and Navigating Global Anti-Corruption and Human Rights Rules: A New Global Integrated Paradigm for Key Stakeholders
Keith Henderson, professor at the Washington College of Law, takes stock of existing collaborations between different stakeholders working on anti-corruption and human rights. He also presents a new research paper on using UNCAC to tackle corruption in the penal system.
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. This is the first part of a blog series on the revolving door phenomenon.
In a first blog, Dieter Zinnbauer looked at some of the main arguments in favour and against the practice of revolving door and how they are substantiated by the latest empirical studies, finding that downside risks outweigh upside benefits. This blog focusses on the research approaches and data that are being used to study the revolving door phenomenon.
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
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.
Stockemer, LaMontagne and Scruggs test the link between corruption and turnout in democracies.
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.
Spotlight: The vexing issue of the revolving door – what does the latest evidence tell us, where could future research get us?