On June 15 and 16, 2017, the ICR Network was happy to welcome 80 participants from 25 countries to the Second Interdisciplinary Corruption Research Forum on the “rive gauche” in Paris. This year’s main topic was “How to conceptualize corruption? Understanding corruption to design effective policies”.
The ICR Forum 2017 has offered ample room for exchange and new ideas on how corruption definitions change across time and space. These discussions combined theoretical efforts to conceptualize specific occurrences of corruption and empirical work aiming to identify the roots of the problem. Based on this jointly elaborated understanding of corruption, we tried to propose improvements for existing anti-corruption policies and develop ideas on innovative anti-corruption strategies. Nine workshops were held, shaped according to the specific interests of the participants, and supplemented by authors’ workshops of the ICR Network’s current publication projects.
Inspiring keynote speeches delivered by established researchers and practitioners added the icing on the cake: Kath Hall (Australian National University), Julio Bacio-Terracion (OECD), Paul Heywood (University of Nottingham), and Matthew Stephenson (Harvard University) provided insights into the future of corruption research as well as current anti-corruption measures. The forum concluded with a plenary session on the United Nation’s Education for Justice Initiative, where Ronan O’Laoire (UNODC) presented the main objective of the project, followed by a vivid discussion on how ICR Network members can benefit and get engaged.
The event was organized by the ICR Network and generously funded by the Laboratory for Interdisciplinary Evaluation of Public Policies at Sciences Po Paris and the E4J Initiative. Conference proceedings will be published in fall 2017.
The story continues: The next ICR Forum will take place at the Quality of Government Institute in Gothenburg in 2018. Be a part of it!
Photo credits Monica Tranchych