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Blog: The premium chocolate box, or why culture matters for understanding corruption
18 Nov 2014

Blog: The premium chocolate box, or why culture matters for understanding corruption

Anthropologist Davide Torsello explain in this blog post that cultural differences play a strong role in understanding and fighting corruption, stronger than what has so far been acknowledged in research.

The Ambivalent Future of Ukraine
30 Oct 2014

The Ambivalent Future of Ukraine

Alena Ledeneva shed some light on the grey areas and backgrounds that might help define the way forward for Ukraine.

The pros and cons of the revolving door practice – the main arguments
24 Oct 2014

The pros and cons of the revolving door practice – the main arguments

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.

How to measure and monitor the revolving door? Data-sources and evolving approaches
21 Oct 2014

How to measure and monitor the revolving door? Data-sources and evolving approaches

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.

The Role of Academia in Anti-Corruption Collective Action
13 Oct 2014

The Role of Academia in Anti-Corruption Collective Action

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.

G20 WHISTLEBLOWING LAWS – ARE THEY HITTING OR MISSING THE MARK? A LESSON FROM AUSTRALIA
02 Oct 2014

G20 WHISTLEBLOWING LAWS – ARE THEY HITTING OR MISSING THE MARK? A LESSON FROM AUSTRALIA

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.

How to measure the immeasurable?
25 Aug 2014

How to measure the immeasurable?

Sofia Wickberg, PhD candidate at Science Po, looks back on a recent colloquium organised in Paris bringing together prominent corruption researchers.

Investigating the efficiency of the Moroccan Anti-Corruption Campaign
05 Aug 2014

Investigating the efficiency of the Moroccan Anti-Corruption Campaign

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.

PREVENTING CORRUPTION BY ERADICATING ACADEMIC CORRUPTION
05 Aug 2014

PREVENTING CORRUPTION BY ERADICATING ACADEMIC CORRUPTION

Guest blogger Dr. Riccardo Pelizzo explores the relationship between corrupt practices in higher education and corruption.

The Role of Civil Society in Anti-Corruption: the Story of Ukraine
29 Jul 2014

The Role of Civil Society in Anti-Corruption: the Story of Ukraine

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
23 Jul 2014

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.

Women and corruption in public service: the Sri Lankan experience
15 Jul 2014

Women and corruption in public service: the Sri Lankan experience

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 ...

ACRN SPOTLIGHT ARTICLE: CITIZEN RESPONSES TO CORRUPTION SCANDALS
08 Jul 2014

ACRN SPOTLIGHT ARTICLE: CITIZEN RESPONSES TO CORRUPTION SCANDALS

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
24 Jun 2014

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.

Empowering women against corruption
14 Jun 2014

Empowering women against corruption

In the lead-up to meetings at the end of June on a UN convention to eliminate discrimination against women, it is time we recognise why and how corruption discriminates against women and girls differently than it does men.

Global Corruption, Good Governance and the UNCAC: A Model Multi-Disciplinary Syllabus from the UNODC
10 Jun 2014

Global Corruption, Good Governance and the UNCAC: A Model Multi-Disciplinary Syllabus from the UNODC

Keith Henderson, professor at the Washington College of Law, discusses a new anti-corruption course he has developed in conjunction with the UNODC. The new model course can be adopted, edited and offered by any university, government, NGO or business to tailor it to their needs and local context. He also presents a new research paper on the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative.

ACRN Blog: "Corruption Drives the Emergence of Civil Society"
04 Jun 2014

ACRN Blog: "Corruption Drives the Emergence of Civil Society"

ACRN Research Correspondent Lucía Ixtacuy reviews a new article about how citizens' concern about the misappropriation of common resources can lead them to assume the role of overseer of public authorities. Thus, corruption, or rather the fear of corruption, helps citizens to overcome the anticipated costs of collective action problems.

Unpacking the key anti-corruption ingredients for constitutions
23 May 2014

Unpacking the key anti-corruption ingredients for constitutions

A well-designed constitution can set up solid governance structures that promote the rule of law, protect fundamental rights and guarantee the separation of powers between the executive, judicial, and legislative branches of government. Determining a best practice for constitutions is not an easy task as constitutions are highly context-specific. However, civil society can play a crucial role in helping strengthen the government’s fight against corruption.

Localism, Integrity Systems and Citizens’ Participation
12 May 2014

Localism, Integrity Systems and Citizens’ Participation

ACRN guest blogger Michael Macaulay, Associate Professor in Public Management at Victoria University, examined England’s brief experiment with direct citizen participation in local government between 2000 and 2011. He found that, over time, independent citizens developed their own knowledge and confidence to move the local integrity agenda forward.

Corruption and Persistent Informality in Developing Countries: Insights from India
07 May 2014

Corruption and Persistent Informality in Developing Countries: Insights from India

ACRN guest blogger Saibal Kar, Associate Professor at the Calcutta Centre for Studies in Social Sciences, discusses the relationship between corruption and the informal sector in India. He shows that higher corruption is associated with higher levels of employment in the informal sector, but that beyond a certain level of state domestic product this effect is nullified. Finally, he considers the scope and implications of “formalizing the informal”.

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