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Research Article
23 Jul 2014

Legitimacy Issues and Multi-stakeholder Codes of Conduct

Mele and Schepers discuss the relevance of legitimacy issues, introducing a new concept of legitimacy in multi-stakeholder codes of conduct.

Research Article
21 Jul 2014

RETHINKING THE INTERNATIONAL ANTI-CORRUPTION AGENDA: CIVIL SOCIETY, HUMAN RIGHTS AND DEMOCRACY

Author John M. Ackerman engages in the conceptual task of building a new and workable definition of accountability.

Research Article
10 Jul 2014

When Crime Pays: Measuring Judicial Efficacy against Corruption in Brazil

ACRN Research Correspondent Patricia Luque Carreiro examines how to measure the judicial system's effectiveness by comparing corruption conviction rates from administrative tribunals with the judgements of criminal and civil courts for the same cases.

Research Article
10 Jul 2014

The Role of Power in Organisational Corruption

What influence do organisational power structures exert on the prevalence of corruption in a given institution? What are the different kinds of corruption risks at different levels of an organisation?

Research Article
10 Jul 2014

How Institutions Shape Land Deals: The Role of Corruption

ACRN Research Correspondent Eugen Dimant reviews a new paper considering the relationship between corruption and dubious land deals across the Global South, which are often made at the expense of the local population.

Research Article
24 Jun 2014

Authoritarian Restraints on Online Activism Revisited: Why "I-Paid-A-Bribe" Worked in India but Failed in China

Yuen Yuen Ang considers the success of the website I-paid-a-bribe. While the Indian site was successful in helping to combat corruption in Bangalore, a Chinese equivalent did not show a similar success. By showing the differences of the two websites, Ang shows that the authoritarian policies in China result in a civil society that lacks capacity and thus could not make use of an online tool such as I-paid-a-bribe.

Research Article
24 Jun 2014

Study on the Role of Social Media for Enhancing Transparency and Accountability in Eastern Europe and the Commonwealth of Independent States: Emerging Models, Opportunities and Challenges

Social Media has a growing role in helping to provide transparency and accountability in governance. Yet, they provide both challenges and opportunities for the fight against corruption. Reviewing a number of projects in the field gives the possibility to classify them and identify their potential.

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24 Jun 2014
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24 Jun 2014

Transparency in Financial Reporting: Is Country-by-Country Reporting Suitable to Combat International Profit Shifting?

ACRN Research Correspondent Likumbi Kapihya reviews a new discussion paper published by the Centre for European Economic Research, highlighting the challenges of using Country-by-Country reporting (CbCR) to promote financial integrity among highly profitable multinational companies.

Research Article
19 Jun 2014

Supporting the Transitions in North Africa: The Case for a Joined-Up Approach

The EU’s response to the Arab Spring is seen as one of its biggest missed opportunities. It has been unable to bring together its different tools of foreign, development and security policy into a strategic joined-up approach.

Research Article
27 May 2014

Why Anticorruption Reforms Fail-Systemic Corruption as a Collective Action Problem

The authors discuss why many anti-corruption reforms, especially in those countries where corruption has become systemic, didn’t result in a significant decrease of the corruption level.

Research Article
27 May 2014

Investigating the Causal Relationships between Causes of and Vulnerabilities to Corruption in the Chinese Public Construction Sector

Understanding relationships between causes of and vulnerabilities to corruption are essential in corruption research in construction because it addresses the fundamental issues of the widespread corruption in the public construction sector. Through an empirical survey, this study aims to investigate effects of the two causes of corruption, the flawed regulation systems and lack of a positive industrial climate, on five various kinds of corrupt vulnerabilities in China.

Research Article
26 May 2014

Constitutional Courts after the Arab Spring: Appointment mechanisms and relative judicial independence

The Constitutional Transitions Clinic ‘back office’ is preparing a series of thematic, comparative research reports on issues in constitutional design that have arisen in the Middle East and North Africa.

Research Article
26 May 2014

European Central Bank accountability: how the monetary dialogue could be improved

Abstract: According to the European Union Treaties, the European Central Bank (ECB) is accountable to the European Parliament. In practice, this accountability takes mainly the form of a quarterly Monetary Dialogue between the president of the ECB and the European Parliament Economic and Monetary Affairs committee.

Research Article
26 May 2014

Prudence with biased experts when non-transparency was transparent: The case of the rating agencies

Abstract: The rating agencies, at the center of the recent financial scandal, were a critical piece of the winning alternative to the Chicago Banking Plan. They were called upon as experts to certify what bonds were prudent for the federally-insured commercial banks to hold. The temptation to bias this certification was well understood at the time and sophisticated steps were taken to attenuate the bias. Nonetheless, over time, the constraints went slack.

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