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Corruption Studies for the Twenty-First Century: Paradigm Shifts and Innovative Approaches

Ledeneva, A; Bratu, R; Köker, P; (2017) Corruption Studies for the Twenty-First Century: Paradigm Shifts and Innovative Approaches. The Slavonic and East European Review , 95 (1) pp. 1-20. 10.5699/slaveasteurorev2.95.1.0001.

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Abstract

The key question currently driving innovations in corruption studies is why anti-corruption reforms do not work. The explanatory factors for the disappointing outcomes of anti-corruption interventions over the last twenty-five years include those associated with: 1) understanding and modelling of corrupt practices; 2) measurement and monitoring; and 3) policy design and implementation. This special issue emerges from the international seminar series on innovations in corruption studies in Europe and beyond held by the School of Slavonic and East European Studies (SSEES), University College London, between October 2015 and March 2016. The purpose of the series, which brought together researchers of the project ‘Anticorruption Policies Revisited: Global Trends and European Responses to the Challenges of Corruption’ (ANTICORRP), was to highlight innovations in the field of corruption studies regarding theory, methodology, analysis and policy. The articles in this issue represent a sample of the wider academic debates but focus on integrating expertise relating to Central and Eastern Europe — the domain of Slavonic and East European Review (SEER) — into a comparative framework. The outcome reflects the openness of the authors to work across area and discipline and to ensure cross-fertilization between area studies and the social sciences in general. Such network-based research has been enabled by funding from the European Commission.1 Wider ANTICORRP findings include a historical analysis of corrupt practices,2 how they are reflected in the media,3 how they surface in measurement,4 how they relate both to good governance and to organized crime5 and how they differ locally, regionally and globally.6 In this special issue, we interpret ‘corruption studies’ narrowly, meaning academic discourse, separate from government policy, media or activist discourses. Rather, we focus on the challenges in corruption studies and the emergence of cross-discipline and cross-area analyses in order to accommodate the complexity and context-bound nature of corruption.

Type: Article
Title: Corruption Studies for the Twenty-First Century: Paradigm Shifts and Innovative Approaches
DOI: 10.5699/slaveasteurorev2.95.1.0001
Publisher version: http://dx.doi.org/10.5699/slaveasteurorev2.95.1.00...
Language: English
Additional information: Copyright 2017 Alena Ledeneva, Roxana Bratu and Philipp Köker
Keywords: Political corruption, Government corruption, Business corruption, Moral corruption, Governance, Political science, Collective action, International politics, Conceptualization, Sustainable development
UCL classification: UCL > School of Arts and Social Sciences
UCL > School of Arts and Social Sciences > SSEES
URI: http://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1551568
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