Thinking and working politically on corruption DSA conference panel

Papers on 'Thinking and working politically about corruption and anti-corruption' are invited for a panel at this year’s Development Studies Association Conference, convened by DLP's Director Heather Marquette.

This panel builds on recent theoretical work on corruption and its control, combining principal-agent, collective action, and corruption-as-problem-solving analysis, to consider how thinking and working more 'politically' may help better address corruption.

In the light of accumulating evidence for the underperformance of anti-corruption interventions, recent research has revisited the theoretical underpinnings of these interventions to gain new insights, arguing for a move away from principal-agent based interventions to ones that emphasise collective action. Though not without its own limits, a collective action perspective helps to focus attention on the inherently political nature of corruption. It highlights that corruption, while undoubtedly a social bad, can provide practical solutions to real-life problems that individuals face where no better mechanisms may exist.

Papers already confirmed for this panel will focus on questions including:

  • Does decentralising just decentralise corruption?
  • Why do states establish anti-corruption agencies?
  • What are the political impacts of raising awareness about corruption?

The call for papers is open until 25 April 2016 (please note that spaces for additional papers for the panel are limited). Please read the call page for full instructions before submitting a proposal.

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