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A Research Agenda for Studies of Corruption

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A Research Agenda for Studies of Corruption

9781789904994 Edward Elgar Publishing
Edited by Alina Mungiu-Pippidi, Director of the European Research Centre for Anti-Corruption and State-Building (ERCAS), Hertie School, Berlin, Germany and Paul M. Heywood, Sir Francis Hill Professor of European Politics, University of Nottingham, UK
Publication Date: 2020 ISBN: 978 1 78990 499 4 Extent: 232 pp
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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Elgar Research Agendas outline the future of research in a given area. Leading scholars are given the space to explore their subject in provocative ways, and map out the potential directions of travel. They are relevant but also visionary.

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.
Critical Acclaim
'Corruption studies is enjoying a renaissance right now, which is no surprise given the urgent need to find more effective ways to fight it. Alina Mungiu-Pippidi and Paul Heywood have brought together an impressive and eclectic group of authors to help set out what a new research agenda on corruption might look like, and everyone in the field will benefit from reading it.'
– Heather Marquette, University of Birmingham, UK

‘This volume is a fine collection of results and perspectives on corruption, and helps readers find coherence across disciplines through the lens of political science.’
– Tina Søreide, Norwegian School of Economics, Norway

‘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
Contributors: C. Berti, M. Bocchiola, R. Bratu, E. Ceva, G.Ó Erlingsson, M. Fazekas, P.M. Heywood, D. 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
Contents:

PART I CONCEPTS AND APPROACHES
1 Making sense of corruption studies: an introduction 2
Alina Mungiu-Pippidi and Paul M. Heywood
2 How to define and measure corruption 7
Alina Mungiu-Pippidi and Mihály Fazekas
3 A political approach to corruption 27
Paul M. Heywood
4 Recent approaches to the study of social norms and corruption 41
Nils Köbis, David Jackson and Daniel Iragorri Carter

PART II VARIETIES AND CONNOTATIONS
5 Buying, expropriating and stealing votes 55
Isabela Mares and Lauren Young
6 Gender and corruption: what we know and ways forward 75
Ortrun Merkle
7 All that glitters . . . a closer look at the Nordic ‘exception’ 90
Gissur Ó. Erlingsson and Gunnar Helgi Kristinsson
8 Corruption and the media 107
Carlo Berti, Roxana Bratu and Sofia Wickberg
9 Corruption and populism: the linkage 118
Ina Kubbe and Miranda Loli

PART III THE ANTI-CORRUPTION REPERTORY
10 The long arm of the law versus the invisible hand of the market? 132
Roberto Martínez B. Kukutschka
11 Digital anti-corruption: hopes and challenges 146
Niklas Kossow
12 Heroes or villains? A legislative, ethical and policy assessment of
whistleblowing 158
Michele Bocchiola, Emanuela Ceva and Maria Chiara Vinciguerra
References 172

Index 209

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