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Global Anticorruption Blog: Yes, Corruption Is Bad for Development. No, Corruption Is Not a Western Obsession
30 Apr 2014

Global Anticorruption Blog: Yes, Corruption Is Bad for Development. No, Corruption Is Not a Western Obsession

A new post from Professor Matthew Stephenson contests recent claims that corruption is an Western obsession which should not occupy such a central position in development discourse.

Corruption and Marketization: Formal and Informal Rules in Chinese Public Procurement
14 Apr 2014

Corruption and Marketization: Formal and Informal Rules in Chinese Public Procurement

Ting Gong and Na Zhou discuss their research findings in a recent article, "Corruption and Marketization: Formal and Informal Rules in Chinese Public Procurement", published by Regulation & Governance (2014). (DOI citation reference: doi:10.1111/rego.12054).

THE EFFECT OF IMMIGRATION ON DESTINATION-COUNTRY CORRUPTION
14 Apr 2014

THE EFFECT OF IMMIGRATION ON DESTINATION-COUNTRY CORRUPTION

Among the countries with the highest level of corruption (according to the International Country Risk Guide), several countries exhibit substantial numbers of emigrants. One may speculate that persistent corruption in a country normalises corrupt behaviour among citizens and that emigrants from a corruption-ridden country may carry some of this attitude into their destination. Hence, one may ask whether we will – sooner or later – see increasing levels of corruption in the (less corrupt) ...

Parliamentary Codes are Proliferating, But Do They Curb Corruption?
02 Apr 2014

Parliamentary Codes are Proliferating, But Do They Curb Corruption?

ACRN guest blogger Liz David-Barrett, Director of the Centre for the Study of Corruption and Transparency at Oxford University, discusses the recent vogue for parliamentary codes of conduct. She argues that while codes alone are not sufficient to curb corruption, the very process of drafting a code can help parliamentarians establish common norms and ground rules - especially in democratising countries.

Wages increases for public officials: not such a good idea after all?
25 Mar 2014

Wages increases for public officials: not such a good idea after all?

Guest blogger Eugen Dimant discusses some of the latest trends in experimental research on corruption, in particular his latest work on modelling the shortcomings of increasing public officials’ wages as a measure to curb corruption.

Social Capital and Corruption
24 Mar 2014

Social Capital and Corruption

Corruption is a complex social phenomenon which manifests itself in diverse ways across different societies. An individual’s behaviour and propensity to corruption is largely influenced by the quality of social capital within the society in which they live. By social capital we mean the institutions, relationships and norms that shape the quality and quantity of the society’s social interactions.

Research Article
21 Mar 2014

ANTICORRP Researchers Win U4 Competition for New Corruption Measurement

What is corruption and how do we measure it? How can we determine if anti-corruption measures work? Defining corruption is so tricky that even the UN does not attempt it, which makes the answer to the second question even more elusive.

State capture, white collar crime and corruption in Europe: the role for non-state actors
12 Mar 2014

State capture, white collar crime and corruption in Europe: the role for non-state actors

A review of papers dealing with anti-corruption topics at ECPR's September conference held in Bordeaux, France.

The Role of Parliaments in Curbing Corruption
07 Mar 2014

The Role of Parliaments in Curbing Corruption

During the last two decades, literature on corruption has categorised various types of corruption, discussed the conditions under which corruption is believed to flourish and quantified the costs of corruption. Efforts have also been made to identify practical steps which can be taken to curb and possibly eliminate corruption. Within this latter stream of inquiry considerable attention has been paid to the role that legislature can play in preventing, combating and eventually reducing ...

ACRN Spotlight article: Fighting Corruption from Below
10 Feb 2014

ACRN Spotlight article: Fighting Corruption from Below

The role of citizens in efforts to reduce corruption has not been explored sufficiently to date. A growing body of research now focuses on citizens in anti-corruption interventions beyond mere participation in elections. Brigitte Zimmerman reviews recent and forthcoming theoretical advancements in this field, extracting trends in findings and highlighting avenues for future exploration. The research cited in this article came from two recent conferences: the American Political Science ...

A Debate on Integrity and the Crisis of Corruption
05 Feb 2014

A Debate on Integrity and the Crisis of Corruption

Aiming to encourage and educate citizens, the Transparency and Integrity Civic Association (TIAC), in partnership with the Centre for Research and Studies in Sociology from the University Institute of Lisbon (CIES-IUL) and the Institute of Social Sciences, University of Lisbon (ICS-UL), held the second edition of the Summer School National Integrity System between 11 and 13 September 2013.

Let's close the gap
05 Feb 2014

Let's close the gap

My morning commute has a very faithful companion in the form of two brilliant podcasts – one from WIRED magazine, the other from The Economist.

Anti-Corruption Policy: Can International Actors Play a Constructive Role?
05 Feb 2014

Anti-Corruption Policy: Can International Actors Play a Constructive Role?

This new edited book edited by Susan Rose-Ackermann and Paul Carrington considers how international actors can continue to contribute to the formulation and implementation of anti-corruption measures across the globe.

Inequality and Corruption in Democracies: A Vicious Cycle
05 Feb 2014

Inequality and Corruption in Democracies: A Vicious Cycle

It is commonly accepted that democracies are generally less corrupt than more authoritarian forms of government, but attempts to explain varying levels of corruption in different democracies often resort to a vague allusion to the “maturity” of a given democracy.

Collusive and coercive corruption in rural infrastructure: evidence from Bangladesh
20 Jan 2014

Collusive and coercive corruption in rural infrastructure: evidence from Bangladesh

A country cannot achieve development as a whole without rural development; rural infrastructure therefore plays a crucial role in rural development for agricultural, industrial and overall socio-economic development. It also, incidentally, provides basic facilities that improve the quality of life. As infrastructure projects involve huge capital investments, infrastructure services the world over are generally provided by the public sector. As the Bangladeshi example shows, efforts to improve ...

Guide on how to Use the Inter-American System of Human Rights for the Protection of Anti-Corruption Whistleblowers
20 Dec 2013

Guide on how to Use the Inter-American System of Human Rights for the Protection of Anti-Corruption Whistleblowers

The “Guide on how to Use the Inter-American System of Human Rights for the Protection of Anti-Corruption Whistleblowers” is meant to act as a tool to help individuals as well as civil society organizations understand how human rights standards, such as the Inter-American System of Human Rights (ISHR), work in cases where anti-corruption whistleblowers are vulnerable to abuse and face various risks.

Addressing Corruption in Police Forces
28 Nov 2013

Addressing Corruption in Police Forces

Corruption is a dangerous phenomenon in any society, but the danger is vastly amplified when it is the police themselves that are corrupt.

Cities and corruption – the great, unfortunate disconnect in research and practice
27 Nov 2013

Cities and corruption – the great, unfortunate disconnect in research and practice

A recent working paper by Dieter Zinnbauer of Transparency International seeks to start bridging disconnects in relation to urbanisation and corruption issues.

Who is Succeeding and Why?
26 Nov 2013

Who is Succeeding and Why?

ANTICORRP researchers gather in Hamburg to discuss corruption indicators and compare contemporary anti-corruption achievements in a number of countries. Do world governance charts correctly reflect who has made the biggest strides in building control of corruption?

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