This podcast series features

in-depth interviews

with a wide range of corruption experts,

on questions such as:


What have we learned from 20+ years of (anti)corruption research? 

Why and how does power corrupt?

Which theories help to make sense of corruption?

What can we do to manage corruption?

How to recover stolen assets?


With a discussion around these and many other questions that fascinate us about corruption research we hope to reach and engage with a broad audience.


The guest so far have included Pulitzer Prize winning journalistsworld-leading corruption scholars, chief Economists of Development Banks, former FBI agents, creative and passionate anti-corruption practitioners and high ranking corruption investigators.


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Twitter: @KickBackGAP

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KickBackGAP is a podcast project founded by...
- Nils Köbis
- Christopher Starke
- Matthew Stephenson

 Special thanks to Kayhan Golkar for composing our jingle "Points"

and Jonathan Kleinpass for his technical support. 


KickBack - The Global Anticorruption Podcast

20. Leonor Ortiz Monasterio & Miguel Meza on anti-corruption in Mexico (Mon, 09 Dec 2019)
This week on Kickback: Leonor Ortiz Monasterio ( and Miguel Alfonso Meza (Twitter: @MiguelMezaC). They describe their work for the Anti-Corruption Organization “Mexicanos contra la corrupción y la impunidad” (Mexicans against corruption and impunity, ( They outline how the anger about corruption inspired them to work for MCCI. They critically evaluate the Anti-Corruption efforts by the new Mexican president Andrés Manuel López Obrador “AMLO” and the new harsher laws against corruption. The refer to their own research of speeches by “AMLO” across different campaigns revealed that, counter to common beliefs, the latest campaign was not the one where he used the word corruption the most and how corruption was rather framed as an ethics issue and not focusing on corrupt networks. The three discuss the appointments of the new government, their anti-corruption prosecution efforts, the pros and cons of a clean slate approach to fight corruption. The interview closes on Leonor and Miguels’ elevator pitch of what key issues need to be address for anti-corruption.
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19. Monika Bauhr on need vs. greed corruption and how it is linked to gender (Mon, 25 Nov 2019)
Our guest this week is Monika Bauhr, Associate Professor at the Quality of Government at the University of Gothenburg ( The interview kicks off with Monika describing how her work on climate change led her to get interested in corruption, showing how the technical solutions for Climate change were known but that it often lacked political will to implement them. The interview further covers Monika’s three main areas of interest: 1. Transparency Monika was inspired by the diverse effects of transparency on corruption. In her work she has zoomed in on when transparency succeeds to lower corruption and when it can conversely lead to a demoralization effect. 2. Types of corruption Monika bemoans that frequently the average effects of corruption (such as the country level Corruption Perception Index) are used as a measure of corruption. She argues that more refined measures, distinguishing between corruption types is needed. Monika’s work has particularly focused on the distinction between need vs. greed corruption (see The interview also points out the challenges to operationalize these different forms of corruption. 3. Gender and corruption Monika’s third main field of interest lies on the link between gender and corruption, inspired by one of the most consistent finding that the share of women in government lowers petty corruption. Monika and Matthew discuss different theories help to explain the multifaceted ways in which gender and corruption are related.
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Media Coverage

The podcast has been featured on the Global Anti-Corruption Blog (here) and the Center for International Private Enterprises, Anti-Corruption & Governance Center's Business and Integrity Blog (here).