Course on corruption from the grassroots
DLP Research Fellow Dr Caryn Peiffer is lecturing at the ninth Afrobarometer / Centre for Social Science Research Summer School at the University of Cape Town, South Africa, which runs from 17 November - 12 December 2014.
She has created a course for the four-week school, Corruption from the Grassroots, which is designed to introduce participants to debates on how corruption is measured, defined and otherwise understood in international development and academic circles. It covers major theoretical debates around why corruption persists, why some people are more vulnerable to bribery than others and what role morality plays in corruption. She will also discuss how corruption impacts trust, legitimacy, and democracy, and how trust and democracy impact corruption.
The Afrobarometer is an independent, nonpartisan, African-led series of national public attitude surveys on the social, political, and economic climate in Africa. The Afrobarometer Summer School is intended to broaden the pool of African scholars and researchers who have the substantive knowledge and analytical skills to make use of the Afrobarometer’s survey data to answer important questions about their own societies. This year about 60 students are attending from more than 20 African countries and from the UK, US, Canada, and Germany.
Dr Peiffer, with Professor Richard Rose of the University of Strathclyde, used Afrobarometer data as the basis of a recent innovative paper that refutes generalisations about African societies being pervasively corrupt.
She is also the co-author, with Dr Linda Alvarez of California State University, of a recent DLP paper on corruption that examines what determines people's willingness to act against corruption in 71 countries.
Caryn is currently working with DLP Director Dr Heather Marquette and the U4 Anti-Corruption Resource Centre on research into whether collective action approaches might make anti-corruption initiatives more effective. One aim of the research is to set out a typology of corruption type, intervention, context and collective action variables.