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 Nordic Party Members: Linkages in Troubled Times, Edited by Marie Demker, Knut Heidar, and Karina Kosiara-Pedersen

Frames, Narrative and Interpretations of Corruption and Integrity

Civil Society
 
Media
 
Social Capital
 
Narratives
 
Panel Number
P168
Panel Chair
Mattias Agerberg
University of Gothenburg
Panel Co-Chair
Ina Kubbe
Tel Aviv University
Panel Discussant
Aiysha Varraich
University of Gothenburg

Time
24/08/2018 09:00 - 10:40
Location
Building: VMP 5 Floor: 2 Room: 2101
Abstract
Corruption and integrity are notoriously difficult to define, delimitate and measure, while being value-laden terms. These ‘essentially contested concepts’ are the source of great ambiguity, in terms of their conceptualization, and in existing causal explanations. Is corruption a systematic or an individual problem? Do we ‘naturally’ act with integrity and become corrupted? To what extent does trust reduce or induce corruption?
Ambiguity leaves room to interpretation, all the more important since ambiguity can be a powerful tool, to gather support for a cause, or dilute responsibility for crisis. By organizing information and reducing complexity, actors can resolve the ambiguity of corruption and try to make sense of it in various ways. This panel is interested in how interpretations, narratives or frames draws our attention to certain features of corruption or integrity while blinding us to others. This leads to different social reactions and or policy options. The panel proposes various ways to explore the interpretations of corruption and integrity, in political discourse, in the media and in popular culture. Furthermore, the panel focuses on the complex link between trust, social capital and corruption, a relationship long understood unidimensionally with social capital as a positive element to reduce corruption.

Paper List


Title Details
Corruption, Crisis, and Change: Use and Misuse of an Empty Signifier View Paper Details
Rotten Apples or Rotten Society? Media Framing of Political Corruption in New Zealand and Italy View Paper Details
Social Capital and Corruption View Paper Details
'This is How it Goes': Why Does Israel Not Solve its Corruption Problems? View Paper Details
What is Integrity? Re-Enacting Social Drama Through Anti-Corruption Agendas View Paper Details
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