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Research Article The Role of Private Actors and Facilitators in Corruption
Marta Erquicia shares the findings of research into what investigative journalism can tell us about corruption in Latin America. Marta is a Senior Regional Coordinator in the Americas Department of Transparency International
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Research Article Blog: Investigative Journalism at Work
In this blog post ACRN contributing editor Paul Lagunes provides a concise summary of the groundbreaking investigative report published in the New York Times on the use of bribery in Wal-Mart’s operations in Mexico. Using this story as a focal point, Paul highlights the crucial role that investigative journalism and the free press have historically played in countering corruption in various contexts.
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Research Article New issue of the ACRN Quarterly!
Do you want to find out about the latest in corruption research? Check out the new issue of our Anti-Corruption Research Network Quarterly .
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Course VCS/ICS calendar Ethics in American Politics (University of Florida)
The problem of unethical behavior involving elected officials is a perennial concern in American politics. Since the early days of the Republic, policy makers and ordinary citizens have sought to control unethical conduct such as bribery and treason. In recent decades, the focus of concern about political ethics has shifted to the problem of "conflicts of interest" between elected officials' private interests and their public duties, and to the regulation of campaign finance. This course will examine theories of political ethics, important episodes of corruption, and the regulation of political ethics through elections and legislation. The main focus will be on the ethics of legislators, but we will also look at presidents, governors, and other public officials.
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Research Article Regulation of Speech and Media Coverage of Corruption: An Empirical Analysis of the Mexican Press
ACRN Research Correspondent Brigitte Zimmerman reviews an article by Piero Stanig that considers the effect of legislation restricting media freedom on corruption media coverage.
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Research Article Corruption and International Security
The paper discusses the links between terrorist groups, organised crime, and corruption and how these links threaten global security. Consequently, it suggests that in order to properly combat terrorism and organised crime, corruption must be confronted and curbed. Often, these groups seek out weak countries to establish bases to operate from, and this creates a rift between countries that are used as havens (including financial haven countries) and those that are not. The focus should be on countries where personal loyalty supersedes civic duty or where the judicial system, police force, and or other security forces have been infiltrated by these groups. Finally, while government reforms are important, the most effective tactic in reducing corruption lately has tended to be the “name and shame” campaigns by the media. These tactics should continue to grow stronger and more plentiful if terrorism and organised crime are to be reduced.
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Research Article Anti-Corruption Policy: Can International Actors Play a Constructive Role?
In this paper Susan Rose-Ackerman discusses what the ultimate goals of the international anti-corruption strategy ought to be and the most appropriate routes for maximising international influence in this area. First, the paper introduces the basic types of international actors involved in the area of anti-corruption. Second, the author moves on to discuss the crucial role of effective anti-corruption policies in achieving ultimate policy goals, which include aims such as efficient international markets, economic growth, poverty alleviation, government legitimacy and rebuilding political and economic order in post-conflict countries. Third, the discussion focuses on the role of international organisations in achieving these policy goals. Here, the author suggests that international actors should act in three main capacities: as information provider, international facilitator, and domestic project sponsor.
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Research Article ‘Mentalities of corruption and public service in early modern England’
This paper examines attitudes, or “mentalities”, towards corruption in early modern England. Graham argues that modern definitions of corruption as transgression and contrary to public good are not necessarily applicable to England in the period before 1830. Indeed in the era of state formation 1660-1830, institutions were inefficient and prone to activity we would understand as corruption. However many of these nominally corrupt practices were in fact necessary to keep the state structures running, and furthermore were based on a system of codification and precedent seen as “perfect” – which naturally impeded reformist efforts. Despite the historical focus of the paper, Graham provides three key insights: an historical example of how endemic corruption develops out of inadequate state structures, a differentiation of “mentalities” of corruption which can flourish without a well-defined anti-corruption consensus, and an account of why adherence to laws and customs alone can’t be viewed as incorrupt.
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Research Article The Eroding Effect of Corruption on Public Support for Democracy
Jonas Linde and Gissur Erlingsson form part of a growing research agenda on investigating corruption in so-called “least corrupt countries” – particularly the Nordic and Scandinavian nations. Despite the fact that some economists believe the scope for corruption is greatest in states with large public sectors, the Nordic countries, with their sizeable welfare systems, consistently top Transparency International’s corruption perceptions index (CPI) as some of the “cleanest” states in the world. Nevertheless, Linde and Erlingsson observe that domestic perception of corruption in public office, particularly in Sweden, is surprisingly high. They find that although these perceptions have very little to do with actual rates of impropriety amongst public servants, belief in a high level of corruption has knock-on implications for public support for democracy.
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Research Article Book Review: Corruption, Anti-Corruption, and Governance
When do anticorruption policies succeed? Stories from six countries.
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