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Research Article Using ICTs to create a culture of transparency: E-government and social media as openness and anti-corruption tools for societies
Bertot, Jaeger and Grimes assess the potential for ICTs to be a change agent for openness and transparency. While they show the difficulties in the acceptance of these tools in some societies, the authors remain optimistic about their potential impact and formulate recommendations on how to use ICTs to support transparency in the fight against corruption
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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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Student Project Harnessing Social Media Tools to Fight Corruption
Topic: Social Media/Corruption University Involved: London School of Economics and Political Science Students Involved: 5 Year: 2011
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Research Article The Political Power of Social Media: Technology, the Public Sphere, and Political Change
In this seminal article Clay Shirky analyses the potential of social media to induce political change. He argues that social media are an important tool to support civil society and the public sphere and that they can be vital in forming a political environment of change.
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Blog Entry Niklas Kossow
Institution(s): Hertie School of Governance Research Field: social media and corruption
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Research Article Using ICTs to Create a Culture of Transparency: E-government and Social Media as Openness and Anti-corruption Tools for Societies
Information and communication technologies (ICTs) are seen by many as a cost-effective and convenient means to promote openness and transparency and to reduce corruption. E-government, in particular, has been used in many prominent, comprehensive transparency efforts in a number of nations. While some of these individual efforts have received considerable attention, the issue of whether these ICT-enabled efforts have the potential to create a substantive social change in attitudes toward transparency has not been widely considered.
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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 Contextual Choices in Fighting Corruption: Lessons Learned
In spite of over 15 years of donor efforts against corruption, the evidence of progress are few and far between. In this thought-provoking study commissioned by NORAD the authors analyse the reasons behind the slow progress and synthesis the lessons learned. They also point out a few concrete policy recommendations for donors, which include soliciting broad-based citizen participation in anti-corruption efforts and increasing access to information.
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Research Article Firm-Level Corruption in Vietnam
In the article, ‘Firm-Level Corruption in Vietnam’, which has recently been published in the journal Economic Development and Cultural Change, the authors offer new insight into understanding the nature of bribe-paying behaviour in Vietnam. The study is based on an econometric panel dataset that surveys 1,659 small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in ten provinces in 2005 and 2007. The article suggests that the magnitude of bribery in Vietnam is related to differences in firm-level capacity and exposure to government agencies.
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Research Article A New Role for Citizens in Public Procurement - First publication of the Citizens & Markets Initiative
Even though very few countries worldwide have legislation explicitly allowing for procurement monitoring by civil society, citizens around the globe are increasingly eager to enter public procurement processes. A significant amount of public funds in almost every country is spent on acquiring goods and services through public procurement. Procurement of goods, works and services by public entities alone amounts on average to between 15 and 30 percent of gross domestic product (GDP). Given that procurement directly affects citizens’ access to basic services, utilities, infrastructure and health-care, examining the rules under which governments acquire goods and services as well as the implementation of these rules is fundamental to determine how transparent and competitive governments are when purchasing with taxpayer money.
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