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

Does power (always) corrupt?

How can digital technologies contribute to curbing corruption?

What can we do to manage corruption?


These are some of the many questions that fascinate us about corruption research. We want to bring people who are interested in corruption closer together and spark a debate about the topic beyond the purely academic discourse. For that, we interview leading experts on corruption and anti-corruption including researchers, journalists, prosecutors and civil actors.


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


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Special thanks to Kayhan Golkar for composing our jingle "Points" and Jonathan Kleinpass for his technical support.

To get in touch with the show, please contact us at info@icrnetwork.com or follow us on Twitter @KickBackGAP 



KickBack - The Global Anticorruption Podcast

8. Alina Mungiu-Piddidi on corruption in Romania, democratic transitions, advise for young scholars (Mon, 24 Jun 2019)
Matthew Stephenson interviews Alina Mungiu-Pippidi, Professor of Democracy Studies at the Hertie School of Governance in Berlin.
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7. Episode - Paul Heywood (Mon, 10 Jun 2019)
“We should stop thinking in terms how to solve corruption and start thinking in terms how to manage it” In this episode we are excited to welcome one of the world’s most influential #corruption researchers: Paul Heywood (@pmheywood). The interview covers how the #manipulite scandal in the 90’s got Paul interested in corruption, how @TransparencyInternational’s #CPI helped to put corruption on the global (research) agenda, why academics might have admired the problem of corruption too much, which questions we should ask to get new (and better) insights into the wicked problem of corruption and which tools exist to help to make sense of corruption, hint https://curbingcorruption.com/. Mani Pulite Scandal: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mani_pulite Paul’s pick: The night manager https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Night_Manager_(TV_series)
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