Here, Aram Khaghaghordyan reports back on the conference “Understanding Governance Virtuous Circles: Who Succeeds and Why” (July 8-12, 2015), organized by Hertie School’s European Research Centre for Anti-Corruption and State-Building (ERCAS), which assembled the biggest names in the international anti-corruption and democratization in order to identify patterns that have led to national success stories (“virtuous circles”) in fighting corruption.
Guest writer Nils Köbis discusses some new research on the impact of corruption as 'normal' behaviour. Nils is a PhD student from the VU University Amsterdam
A guest blog from a student group from the Copenhagen Business School, outlining the results of their study on social media and anti-corrutpion. The study explores how social media analytics could help us better understand what people think and do or do not do about 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
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.
Dieter Zinnbauer shares some reflections on a fascinating brainstorm workshop.
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.
Dieter Zinnbauer provides insight into social media based crowd-sourcing initiatives and how they are used in anti-corruption work. By analysing current initiatives and literature on corruption and social mobilisation he gives an outlook on how such mechanisms could be improved in the future.
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.
ACRN research correspondent Berta van Schoor reviews a paper on how multi-stakeholder initiatives (MSIs) can be linked to network theory.
ACRN Research Correspondent Brigitte Zimmerman reviews an article by Piero Stanig that considers the effect of legislation restricting media freedom on corruption media coverage.
We are very happy to announce the results of the 2014 ACRN Research Paper competition. This competition gives emerging scholars an opportunity to take up the challenge of filling important knowledge gaps in the field of corruption, present innovative approaches for measuring and understanding corruption and showcase new findings on what works and what does not in tackling corruption and ensuring sound governance.
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.’
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.
Belief in a Just World Lowers Perceived Intention of Corruption: The Mediating Role of Perceived Punishment
This paper investigates how belief in a just world influences the perception of others’ intention to participate in corruption.
Spotlight: From corruption to state capture: a new analytical framework
Spotlight: The vexing issue of the revolving door – what does the latest evidence tell us, where could future research get us?