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17 Apr 2014
Research Article

Urban governance in the South: How did Bogotá lose its shine?

Abstract: There are all too few examples of good urban governance in the ‘South’. One city which improved its performance dramatically after 1992 was Bogota´, the capital of Colombia. It joined the ranks of exemplar cities and its former mayors toured the world advertising this ‘miracle’. Unfortunately, after 2008, the city’s administration became mired in corruption and its image ratings have dived. Keywords: bureaucracy, corruption, decentralisation, politics, urban management

17 Apr 2014
Research Article

Informal Interference in the Judiciary in New Democracies: A Comparison of Six African and Latin American Cases

Abstract This paper assesses the extent to which elected power holders informally intervene in the judiciaries of new democracies, an acknowledged but under‐researched topic in studies of judicial politics. Keywords: judicial politics, constitutional court, supreme court, Latin America, Francophone Africa, democratization, separation of powers, informal politics

17 Apr 2014
Research Article

The Role of Social Accountability in Poverty Alleviation Programs in Developing Countries: An Analysis with Reference to Bangladesh

Abstract: In spite of different approaches being experimented over the past six decades, poverty alleviation programs in the developing world have largely failed to improve poverty situation. Of all the factors responsible for the growing trend of poverty, the accountability of public officials remains an intriguing one.

14 Apr 2014
Research Article

THE 2010 “AGREEMENT ON MUTUAL ENFORCEMENT OF DEBARMENT DECISIONS” AND ITS IMPACT FOR THE FIGHT AGAINST FRAUD AND CORRUPTION IN PUBLIC PROCUREMENT

ABSTRACT: A remarkable example of coordination between IGOs to deal with corruption and fraud in public procurement is the “Agreement for the Mutual Enforcement of Debarment Decisions” signed by the World Bank and the main regional Multilateral Development Banks (MDBs) in 2010.

10 Apr 2014
Research Article

Gender and Corruption: an annotated bibliography compiled by students of the School of International and Public Affairs, Columbia Univeristy

This annotated bibliography compiled by Lily Brent, Akanit Horatanakun and Maha Syed from SIPA at Columbia University briefly discusses 15 leading articles on the relationship between Gender and Corruption.

09 Apr 2014
Research Article

Social Network Analysis in anti-corruption research: Developments, Challenges, Opportunities

The following article is an overview of three interesting areas in which Social Network Analysis methodology is helping to disentangle corruption networks and investigate accountability systems. It concludes with an analysis of some of the challenges and opportunities of applying SNA techniques to anti-corruption research.

09 Apr 2014
Research Article

Gender, equality and corruption: what are the linkages?

Gender inequality and corruption are closely inter-linked. Gender inequalities undermine good governance, sustainable growth, development outcomes and poverty alleviation. Where countries have made advances in women’s empowerment and gender equality, they have witnessed lower levels of corruption over time.

07 Apr 2014
Research Article

MOTIVATING BUSINESS TO COUNTER CORRUPTION: A PRACTITIONER HANDBOOK

After almost 3 years of research, interviews and practical testing with partner organizations Egypt and Nigeria, this Practitioner Handbook consolidates the main findings of the Humboldt-Viadrina School of Governance initiative on anti-corruption sanctions and incentives for business

14 Apr 2014
Research Article

SOCIAL ACCOUNTABILITY: PERSUASION AND DEBATE TO CONTAIN CORRUPTION

The question the authors ask in this paper is whether and how much accountability can be improved when relying on an ex-post mechanisms that generates new information through a direct verification procedure and through a simple communication game that captures basic features of social accountability mechanisms encountered in reality.

07 Apr 2014
Research Article

Reflective Leadership vs. Endemic Corruption in Emerging Markets

These study of 111 CEOs and owners of companies operating in Russia showed the ineffectiveness of universalistic top-down anti-corruption strategies at the firm level and tested a practical, bottom-up approach.

31 Mar 2014
Research Article

Corruption and persistent informality: An empirical investigation for India

Abstract: India is a country characterized by a huge informal sector. At the same time, it is a country where the extent of corruption in every sector is remarkably high.

31 Mar 2014
Research Article

Hard Rules and Soft Constraints: regulating conflict of interest in China

Abstract: The initial paragraphs of this article outline the broad themes of this special section, drawing attention to changing perceptions and definitions of corruption and to corruption prevention practices in Greater China. The remainder of the article focuses on a particular theme: the relationship between conflicts of interest and corruption in both theoretical terms and in its application in mainland China.

28 Mar 2014
Research Article

The Politics of Accountability in Southeast Asia

Abstract: This book offers a different perspective, investigating the crucial role of contrasting ideologies informing accountability movements and mediating reform directions in Southeast Asia.

28 Mar 2014
Research Article

Stand by me: Friends, relationship banking and financial governance in Asia

Abstract: While northeastern Asian economies have grown at a stellar rate over the past 4 decades, during the same period, bank officials and financial market participants have been charged with corruption, nepotism, and government meddling and have incurred high levels of non-performing loans.

28 Mar 2014
Research Article

Decentralization and veiled corruption under China’s rule of mandates

Abstract: This paper shows why corruption is especially difficult to detect under China’s system of decentralized authoritarian rule, which I call a “rule of mandates.”

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