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Key Research Articles (113)
New perspectives on the history of corruption and why they are important Historian Ronald Kroeze explains that research on the history of corruption should affect our understanding of corruption and anti-corruption. Read More...
Posted at Nov 21, 2014 05:31 PM
The Ambivalent Future of Ukraine Alena Ledeneva shed some light on the grey areas and backgrounds that might help define the way forward for Ukraine. Read More...
Posted at Oct 29, 2014 04:41 PM
How to measure and monitor the revolving door? Data-sources and evolving approaches In a first blog, Dieter Zinnbauer looked at some of the main arguments in favour and against the practice of revolving door and how they are substantiated by the latest empirical studies, finding that downside risks outweigh upside benefits. This blog focusses on the research approaches and data that are being used to study the revolving door phenomenon. Read More...
Posted at Oct 24, 2014 10:09 AM
The pros and cons of the revolving door practice – the main arguments This blog post profiles some of the main arguments in favour and against the practice of revolving door. It then examines to what extent these arguments are substantiated by the latest crop of empirical studies in the field, finding that downside risks outweigh upside benefits. This is the first part of a blog series on the revolving door phenomenon. Read More...
Posted at Oct 24, 2014 10:04 AM
How to measure and monitor the revolving door? Data-sources and evolving approaches In a first blog, Dieter Zinnbauer looked at some of the main arguments in favour and against the practice of revolving door and how they are substantiated by the latest empirical studies, finding that downside risks outweigh upside benefits. This blog focusses on the research approaches and data that are being used to study the revolving door phenomenon. Read More...
Posted at Oct 21, 2014 11:27 AM
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Anti-Corruption Datasets (9)
2011 Ibrahim Index of African Governance the Ibrahim Index is the most comprehensive collection of quantitative data that provides an annual assessment of governance performance in every African country. It compiles 86 indicators grouped into 14 sub-categories and four overarching categories to measure the effective delivery of public goods and services to African citizens. Topics covered by the index include: Rule of law, accountability, personal safety, participation, gender, human rights, public management, infrastructure, education and health. Read More...
Posted at Nov 08, 2011 03:41 PM
Freedom in the World 2011 Freedom in the World, Freedom House’s flagship publication, is a comparative assessment of global political rights and civil liberties. The Freedom in the World 2011 survey contains reports on 194 countries and 14 related and disputed territories. Each country report begins with a section containing the following information: population,capital, political rights (numerical rating), civil liberties (numerical rating), status (Free, Partly Free, or Not Free), and a 10-year ratings timeline. Read More...
Posted at Jul 06, 2011 10:13 AM
Database of Political Institutions 2009 (updated 2010) The Database of Political Institutions has more than 100 objective variables on political systems (from the number of years the executive has been in office to the competitiveness of elections to the number of political checks and balances) for more than150 countries over the period 1975-2009. Read More...
Posted at Dec 15, 2010 07:06 PM
Transparency in Political Finance in Bangladesh Complementing established assessment methodologies with innovative field experiments this research initiative takes a close and very practical look at the standards and practices governing transparency and accountability in party and campaign financing systems in Bangladesh. Findings highlight poor performance in bookkeeping, reporting, reliability of reporting, public disclosure, and related sanctions. Read More...
Posted at Nov 26, 2010 11:21 AM
National Elections Across Democracy and Autocracy The principal investigators introduce a unique dataset that provides in-depth information on all elections from 1996-2006 in 158 countries. This comprehensive election-level set diverges from standard cross-temporal, cross-national datasets in that it uses separate election events (the electionid variable) as the identifying variable, in contrast to the country-year structure that is generally prevalent in current work on electoral data. The nature of the dataset allows the electionid to be collapsed into required units of analysis, as well as providing the opportunity to analyse elections by type. Additionally, by avoiding the country-year structure, the NELDA dataset allows researchers to analyse variation between elections within country-years. NELDA includes over 50 substantive variables that concentrate on the presence of competition, varying electoral processes, external involvement in election processes, and characteristics that set apart democratic polities from autocratic ones. The data can prove useful for researchers studying political corruption. Overall, this dataset adds an important contribution in both its extensive coverage of democratic and autocratic elections and its structure based on election events rather than country-years. The dataset forms the foundation for the investigators' forthcoming manuscript “National Elections Across Democracy and Autocracy: Which Elections Can Be Lost?”. Read More...
Posted at Oct 30, 2010 10:49 AM
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Anti-Corruption Courses and Trainings (30)
  • National Integrity System Summer School, 11-13 September 2013, Lisbon There is a tacit consensus among politicians, international organizations and civil society that the fight against the mismanagement of public expenditures and corruption is a key issue in order to strengthen and re-establish the legitimacy and sustainability of European democracies. Read More...
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  • Economics of Corruption (University of Paderborn) This course at the University of Paderborn introduces you to different topics that are currently researched in the field of corruption. Read More...
    Posted at Nov 28, 2013 04:51 PM
  • Political Corruption (University of Leiden) This seminar introduces students to the issue of political corruption and the ways it is related politics and international relations. During the first part of the seminar some of the conceptual and theoretical issues involved in the study of political corruption will be investigated, including the definition of corruption, the distinction between corruption and other rent-seeking behavior such as clientelism and patronage, the relationships between various institutional and social factors and corruption, and ways of curbing the corrupt practices of political actors. In the second part of the course we will use the experience of several old and new democracies to illustrate this discussion and the way corruption has been used as a tool of international assistance, cooperation, and leverage by states and international organizations such as the EU and World Bank. Read More...
    Posted at Nov 14, 2013 07:43 PM
  • Fighting Corruption in Developing Countries: What can donors do? (Sciences Po, Paris) Developed by Bathylle Missika at Sciences Po, this course ran in 2009-10 and provided an overview of the fight against corruption in developing countries, mainly from the perspective of bilateral and multilateral donors’ efforts. The discussion was framed within the broader context of governance efforts in developing countries. The course looked into the many aspects of corruption (administrative vs. political corruption), the actors involved (UN, OECD, Transparency International, etc.), their strategies and tools to address this issue through Official Development Assistance (ODA). It also examined the politics of the anti-corruption “business”. Read More...
    Posted at Nov 14, 2013 07:18 PM
  • MA in Corruption and Governance (University of Sussex) The University of Sussex offers a new one-year MA entirely focused on Corruption and Governance issues. It encompasses theoretical aspects of corruption, allowing student to understand “what corruption is, where it flourishes, why it proliferates, what challenges it poses for policy-makers and the business community and, ultimately, what can be done to counteract it”, as well as practical experience through the opportunity to undertake a three months internship in an organisation of this field. Read More...
    Posted at Nov 14, 2013 06:44 PM
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