The Slavonic and East European Review has published a special issue on Innovations in Corruption studies which I co-edited together with Alena Ledeneva and Roxana Bratu (UCL). The special issue emerges from the FP7 ANTICORRP project in which I worked at UCL from 2014 to 2016 and the seminar series on innovations in corruption studies in Europe and beyond that I convened on behalf of the project group in 2015/2016.
The issue (Vol 95, No. 1) includes a co-authored article on Paradigm Shifts in Corruption Studies that I co-authored with my co-editors as well as contributions by other leading scholars in the field of corruption studies and anti-corruption.
On 13 May I will take part in the workshop ‘Crisis and Innovation in the European Union: Beyond Populism and Managerialism‘ at the University of Warwick. The of this interdisciplinary workshop is to explore the impact of ‘crises’ in their material and ideational forms, upon EU institution and policy-making dynamics. Emphasis is also put on identifying policy responses focusing on ‘innovation’ as a strategy. The workshop is funded by the Academic Association of Contemporary European Studies (UACES), the British Academy and the Society of Legal Scholars (SLS).
I will present Allan Sikk‘s and my work on corruption and candidate turnover in Central and Eastern Europe and discuss self-regulating mechanisms of parties faced with increasing corruption.
The full workshop programme can be downloaded here.
[Update 18/07/2016] A report from the workshop is now available from the UACES website.
At this year’s annual international conference of the Political Studies Association (PSA) in Brighton (21-23 March 2016), I will present a paper co-authored with Allan Sikk titled ‘Rejuvenation or renomination? Corruption and candidate turnover in Central and Eastern Europe‘. On the basis of our large-scale data set of electoral candidates in Central and Eastern Europe, we test two competing hypotheses on the influence of rising corruption on turnover on party lists in 8 CEE democracies during the last 20 years. We find that increased levels of corruption lead to a decrease in candidate turnover among governing parties. Turnover in other parties in other parties is best explained by party size.
The paper can be downloaded here.
After the success of the first part of the seminar series ‘Innovations in Corruption Studies in Europe and beyond’ presented jointly by FP7 ANTICORRP, the Centre for European Politics, Security and Integration and the Slavonic and East European Review, the UCL ANTICORRP team and I have organised another series of events for the spring term 2016.
Unless otherwise indicated, seminars take place Wednesdays, 1-2pm in room 433 at UCL SSEES and are followed by tea/coffee and a light sandwich lunch.
No registration is required. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me or download the seminar schedule here.
This term, I am involved in organising an exciting new seminar series under the title ‘Innovations in Corruption Studies in Europe and beyond’ will start next week at University College London – School of Slavonic and East European Studies (SSEES). The series, presented jointly by the UCL ANTICORRP team, theSSEES Centre for European Politics, Security and Integration (CEPSI) and the Slavonic and East European Review, will bring together speakers from ANTICORPP partner institutions across Europe and showcase research conducted as part of the project at UCL and elsewhere. In addition, the series will prepare for the launch of a SEER special issue on innovations in corruption studies edited by Professor Alena Ledeneva (to be published January 2017), a key deliverable of the project.
In particular, the seminars will address how research in the area of corruption has evolved as a result of accumulated knowledge and in response to specific academic and policy critiques as well as to a changing geopolitical environment. Furthermore, speakers will offer new methodological perspectives on measuring corruption which go beyond traditional perception-based approaches and demonstrate alternative theoretical approaches to corruption as well as cover the global scope as well as everyday aspects of corruption and informality.
Seminars will run throughout the academic year 2015/2016 and will be opened by Professor Paul M Heywood (University of Nottingham) on 14 October 2015 with a talk on the state of the art and innovations in corruption research. Further speakers will include Muhittin Acar(Hacettepe University, Ankara), Claudia Baez-Camargo (Basel Institute of Governance), Monika Bauhr (QoG), Roxana Bratu (UCL), Mihály Fazekas (University of Cambridge), Alena Ledeneva (UCL), Andrej Školkay (SKAMBA) and Dimitri Sotiropulous (University of Athens).
Seminars are open to all interested students, university staff and researchers as well anybody dealing with corruption, political/administrative misconduct and transparency or accountability mechanisms in a professional capacity. No registration is required.
Seminars will take place Wednesday, 1-2pm, in room 433 at SSEES and will be followed by and informal discussion over coffee/tea in the Masaryk Senior Common Room.