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Corruption and Anti-Corruption Reforms in Fragile and Conflict-Affected Countries

swisspeace / University of Basel

Feb 07, 2016 12:00 AM

Call for Papers for the panel on 'Corruption and Anti-Corruption Reforms in Fragile and Conflict-Affected Countries' at the European Consortium for Political Research General Conference 2016 taking place in Prague on 7 - 10 September 2016.
Fragile and conflict-affected countries typically rank among the most corrupt countries in international corruption indicators. Studies have shown that corruption negatively affects economic development, distorts policy implementation, renders public service provision inefficient, undermines public trust in state institutions and therefore jeopardises the stability and resilience of states to avoid violent conflict. This recognition of corruption as a severe impediment to peacebuilding and statebuilding processes made it a top ranking topic on international and national policy agendas. The broad consensus about the negative effects of corruption is, however, not reflected in the proposed anti-corruption reforms. While some scholars argue that systemic corruption can only be overcome by a “big bang approach”, others argue for a more gradual approach where corruption can also “buy peace” in the short term. This panel welcomes papers contributing to the discourse on the effects of corruption and anti-corruption reforms in fragile and conflict-affected countries. The overarching question then is How do corruption and anti-corruption reforms impact processes of peacebuilding and statebuilding? The panel invites papers addressing this and related questions in normative theoretical as well as empirical (comparative or case study) ways.   Please send your paper proposal including abstract (maximum 300 words), author(s) information and 3-5 keywords by 7 February 2016 to

05 Feb 2016

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