Corruption negatively impacts all areas of individuals’ lives, whether this be a simple transaction of paying one’s bill at the post office, or being able to take one’s child to the doctor. It is therefore important to understand why people sometimes act corruptly and sometimes not, as well as to reflect on what can be done to prevent corruption and reduce its consequences. Previous research offers different theoretical and empirical approaches that have been translated into a number of anti-corruption reforms at the national as well as the international level. Of these, most have been at the institutional level. In light of recent indications of persistent and, in some contexts, worsening corruption trends, the effectiveness of these policies has been questioned by scholars and practitioners alike, some of whom have termed it a policy failure. Understanding what works and does not work in the fight against corruption has thus become "the new frontier for anti-corruption research". This current turn of events, calling into question understandings of corruption and common reform strategies, requires scholars to return to the causal explanations for the emergence of corruption – ranging from institutional settings and individual motives, to culturally influenced norms or values. It also calls for a more systematic analysis of the underlying reasons for adopting anti-corruption policies and initiating reforms. Understanding anti-corruption efforts solely as problem-solving disregards the importance of politics and the symbolic dimension of policy-making, as well as the motives behind it. There is a need for more thorough research on the different factors shaping the anti-corruption discourse and policy prescription, taking into account multi-level governance, power play and local contexts.
This Section is open to different theoretical, empirical and methodological approaches both on the study of causes, consequences and conceptions of corruption and on the analysis of anti-corruption strategies from different regions in the world and levels of governance. Papers on both informal and formal rules targeting corruption are welcome. The aim is to combine alternative perspectives that can be used for innovative analysis and strategic solutions at the micro- (e.g. citizens, political leaders), meso – (e.g. political parties, organizations, institutions) and macro – levels.
The Section will be supported by members of the Interdisciplinary Corruption Research Network. Although the focus lies on political research, it will be open to interdisciplinary approaches, as these have been proven useful due to the complexity of the phenomenon.
Panels and Papers can focus on:
Section Chair: Ina Kubbe, Tel Aviv University
Section Co-chair: Sofia Wickberg, Sciences Po Paris
Section Co-chair: Vit Simral, University of Hradec Králové
Section Co-chair: Michal Vit, Masaryk University
Researchers are invited to submit a paper abstract (max. 250 words), including the corresponding panel and a short biography, until February 11, 2018. Alternative panel proposals are welcome as well. For further information regarding the submission procedure, please consult the ECPR website.
For panels #1-5, please send your paper abstracts to
Ina Kubbe, Tel Aviv University: firstname.lastname@example.org
Sofia Wickberg, Sciences Po Paris: email@example.com
For panels #6-8, please send you paper abstracts to
Vit Simral, University of Hradec Králové: firstname.lastname@example.org