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A Research Agenda for Studies of Corruption

Edited by Alina Mungiu-Pippidi, Chair of Democracy Studies, Hertie School of Governance, Germany and Paul M. Heywood, Sir Francis Hill Professor of European Politics, University of Nottingham, UK
This interdisciplinary Research Agenda contains state-of-the-art surveys of the field of corruption and points towards an agenda for future research. This comprehensive work covers the main approaches to diagnosing, analysing and measuring corruption, as well as the ways to tackle it. Chapters explore top political and grassroots corruption, buying and stealing votes, corruption in relation to gender and the media, digital anti-corruption and an examination of whistleblowing and market-based tools.
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Publication Date: May 2020
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Linked to declining levels of trust in core state actors and bodies, corruption has emerged as a key challenge to effective and legitimate governance, posing a growing threat to political stability. This comprehensive work addresses the most pressing debates in the field, covering the evolution of different concepts and approaches to analysing corruption, how it manifests in practice across key areas, and the prospects of different ways to tackle it.

This interdisciplinary Research Agenda contains state-of-the-art surveys of the field of corruption and points towards an agenda for future research. Chapters explore top political and grassroots corruption, buying and stealing votes, corruption in relation to gender and the media, digital anti-corruption and an examination of whistleblowing and market-based tools. The book also offers the most advanced research in the measurement of corruption.

Providing a detailed overview of the key questions and research areas in corruption studies, this Research Agenda will be a vital resource for scholars and students of corruption, governance and public administration. International anti-corruption NGOs and agencies will also benefit from the up-to-date survey of the core challenges they are seeking to address.
‘Like the reform movement itself, corruption research needs a reboot. Mungiu-Pippidi and Heywood have assembled a provocative collection that questions old assumptions and takes a fresh look at unresolved issues. Several chapters examine the dynamics of corrupt processes as they fit into broader realities. Concluding chapters examine reforms and reformers themselves, developing propositions about the best way forward.’
– Michael Johnston, Colgate University, US

‘A Research Agenda for Studies of Corruption collects in one volume the latest thinking about corruption and how to tame it. It is a valuable addition to the literature that will be of use to scholars and policymakers alike.’
– Rick Messick, The Global Anticorruption Blog
Contributors include: C. Berti, M. Bocchiola, R. Bratu, E. Ceva, G.Ó Erlingsson, P.M. Heywood, D.l Iragorri Carter, D. Jackson, N. Kossow, G.H. Kristinsson, I. Kubbe, N. Köbis, M. Loli, I. Mares, R.M.B. Kukutschka, O. Merkle, A. Mungiu-Pippidi, M.C. Vinciguerra, S. Wickberg, L. Young


Contents:

I. CONCEPTS AND APPROACHES
1. Making sense of corruption studies: an introduction
Alina Mungiu-Pippidi and Paul M Heywood

2. How to define and measure corruption
Alina Mungiu-Pippidi and Mihaly Fazekas

3. A political approach to corruption
Paul M Heywood

4. Recent approaches to the study of grassroots corruption
Nils Köbis, David Jackson and Daniel Iragorri Carter

II. VARIETIES AND CONNOTATIONS
5. Buying, expropriating and stealing votes
Isabela Mares and Lauren Young

6. Gender and corruption: what we know and ways forward
Ortrun Merkle

7. All that glitters . . . a closer look at the Nordic ‘exception’
Gissur Ó Erlingsson and Gunnar Helgi Kristinsson

8. Corruption and the media
Carlo Berti, Roxana Bratu and Sofia Wickberg

9. Corruption and populism: the linkage
Ina Kubbe and Miranda Loli

III. THE ANTI-CORRUPTION REPERTORY
10. The long arm of the law versus the invisible hand of the market?
Roberto Martínez B. Kukutschka

11. Digital anti-corruption: hopes and challenges
Niklas Kossow

12. Heroes or villains? A legislative, ethical and policy assessment of whistleblowing
Michele Bocchiola, Emanuela Ceva and Maria Chiara Vinciguerra

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