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Unlocking prosperity: Battling corruption for citizens' better lives

Civil Society
Democracy
International Relations
Populism
Methods
Corruption
Survey Research
Technology
S51
Jana Schwenk
University of Gothenburg
Monika Bauhr
University of Gothenburg

Endorsed by the ECPR Standing Group on (Anti-)Corruption and Integrity


Abstract

Corruption remains a pervasive and pressing challenge in every region, affecting political stability, economic growth, and social justice. It is a persistent issue with far-reaching consequences for citizens' well-being across the globe. Corruption, generally defined as the misuse of public power for private gain, has far-reaching consequences on a society's economic, social, and political fabric. The adverse effects of corruption on citizens' well-being are manifold, including reduced access to essential services, increased inequality, and diminished trust in public institutions. To improve the well-being of citizens, it is imperative to address corruption through a multifaceted approach encompassing transparency, accountability, legal reforms, ethical standards, political commitment, civil society engagement, international cooperation, technological solutions, economic reforms, and education. Our section examines the intricate relationship between corruption and the quality of life experienced by individuals in society. By bringing together scholars and researchers from various fields within political science, this section aims to explore innovative strategies and policies that can mitigate corruption and enhance citizens' well-being. We invite paper submissions that address, but are not limited to, the following panels: 1. Corruption and Access to Basic Services: Research on how corruption affects access to essential services such as healthcare, education, clean water, and sanitation, and the impact of anti-corruption measures in improving service delivery. 2. Corruption, Political Representation and Political Institutions: Papers that examine the impact of corruption on political institutions, such as legislatures, executives, and judiciaries, and the reciprocal influence of these institutions on corrupt practices. 3. Corruption, Economic Development and Sustainability: Investigations into how corruption hinders economic growth, perpetuates income inequality, and impedes poverty reduction, along with strategies for promoting inclusive and sustainable development through the deployment of green technologies and behavioural and institutional change 4. Corruption and International Relations: Explorations of how corruption affects international relations, diplomacy, and global governance, including issues related to transnational corruption and anti-corruption efforts. The panel focuses on particular forms of corruption related to security issues, such as ghost soldiers. Chair: Ina Kubbe (Tel Aviv University) and Nedim Hogic (University of Oslo) 5. Corruption and Public Policy: Investigations into the role of corruption in shaping public policies, including its impact on public service delivery, public health, education, and environmental protection. 6. Citizen Engagement and Social Accountability: Studies on the role of citizen engagement, civil society organizations, whistleblower protection and media in holding governments accountable for corruption and advocating for transparency and good governance. Chairs: Fernanda Odilla (Unibo) and Giovanna Rodriguez-Garcia (TEC of Monterrey) 7. Corruption and Social Justice: Analyses of how corruption exacerbates social injustices, including gender disparities, and strategies to promote equity and social justice in the face of corruption. 8. Corruption Practices and Anti-Corruption Policies and Interventions in the Digital World: New corruption practices and assessments of various anti-corruption policies, mechanisms, and interventions, focusing on their effectiveness, challenges, and impact on citizens' well-being in the context of the digital society. Chair: Roxan Bratu (University College London) 9. Corruption and Public Opinion: Explorations of how corruption perceptions and attitudes influence citizens' trust in government, political participation, vote choice for populist parties and overall well-being. Chair: Ilona Wysmułek (Institute of Philosophy and Sociology, Polish Academy of Sciences) Co-chair: Iva Parvanova (London School of Economics and Political Science) 10. Ethical and Normative Considerations: Discussions on the ethical dimensions of corruption, normative frameworks for evaluating corruption-reduction strategies, and the intersection of corruption, ethics, and well-being. 11. Corruption Measurement: Exploring the assessment, challenges, and limitations of current measurement methods (such as survey research), as well as examining established and emerging methodologies and their impacts on anti-corruption policy development. It considers the evolving role of data and technology in enhancing the accuracy and reliability of corruption metrics. Chair: Joseph Poszgai-Alvarez (Osaka University) Co-Chair: Ilona Wysmułek (Institute of Philosophy and Sociology, Polish Academy of Sciences) 12. Anti-Corruption under Non-Democratic Regimes: Exploring the unique challenges and strategies in combating corruption within non-democratic systems. It delves into the complexities of enforcing anti-corruption measures where transparency and accountability mechanisms are limited or suppressed, and it examines the roles and interests of diverse stakeholders, highlighting successful interventions and ongoing struggles. This section aims to provide a comprehensive exploration of corruption from various angles within the field of political science. We invite scholars and researchers from different sub-disciplines to contribute to this section, offering diverse perspectives and insights on the causes, consequences, and potential solutions to corruption.