Evaluating Anti-Corruption Policies

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ICR Forum 2017 – Evaluating Anti-Corruption Policies Through The Lens of Problem Definition (Paris, June 15th-16th 2017)

Project Coordinators: Emiliano GROSSMANQuoc-Anh DOSofia WICKBERGJessica FLAKNE 

Number of participants: 50
Duration: 2 days
Location: Paris
Date: June 2017

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The Interdisciplinary Corruption Research Network (ICR)

The Interdisciplinary Corruption Research Network (ICRN) is an international research network, aiming to analyse and explain the phenomenon of corruption with a multi-method approach. For this purpose we organize conferences, called Fora, to enable an active exchange between (young) researchers working on corruption.  

ICR Forum 2017

Faced with the increasing awareness of the failure of most anti-corruption policies, scholars and practitioners working on the topic ought to ask themselves what went wrong. The ICRF wants to contribute to this reflection by offering young scholars an opportunity to discuss problems with current anti-corruption policies and more specifically to examine the challenge with conceptualising corruption itself and identifying its root causes. The second ICR Forum, scheduled to take place in summer 2017 in Paris, will focus on the conceptualisation and theories of corruption as an essential – although often overlooked – phase of the policy cycle; a theme that was identified during the inaugural June 2016 Forum as an area of corruption research that requires more attention, energy and discussion. Evaluating anti-corruption policies through the prism of innovating conceptualisations of corruption should contribute to a better understanding of their efficacy – or lack thereof.

It is widely recognised, among scholars and practitioners, that corruption lacks conceptual precision. Pushing the discussion further and refining the conceptualisation of corruption, and its various forms, is important from the perspective of both academic researchers for whom concepts are the basic units for thought and analysis (Sartori, 2009), and practitioners who need definitions that are precise and operational.  Indeed, many scholars have identified theoretical mischaracterization of the problem of corruption (Persson, Rothstein and Teorell, 2013) and the gap between design and reality (Heeks, 2011) as the main sources of policy failure. 

The ICRForum 2017 will offer a space for new ideas on how corruption definitions change across time and space, on typologies of practices, on related concepts such as the public/private dichotomy or the notion of abuse. These discussions will contribute to reducing the “nagging sense of incompleteness” (Johnston, 2015) around our current understanding of corruption by combining theoretical and empirical efforts to conceptualise specific occurrences of corruption, such as systemic corruption or political corruption, and more empirical work aiming to identify the roots of the issue. Furthermore, with policy design in mind, we can employ this improved understanding of the problem to launch discussions on the important role that plays in reforming policies aimed at combating corruption. 

The ICRForum will generate two or three thematic working papers linking innovative conceptualisations of the problem of corruption with their potential for policy design.

The research group recent events:


Publications of the Research Group:

  • Abel FRANCOIS, Raul MAGNI-BERTON, Les effets de la réglementation du cumul des mandats de 2001, LIEPP Policy Brief, nº11, mars 2014
  • Abel FRANCOIS, Nicolas SAUGER, Le vote obligatoire est-il une bonne solution ? LIEPP Policy Brief n° 17, avril 2015
  • Emiliano GROSSMAN, Simon Persico, Introduire la proportionnelle pour restaurer la confiance en la démocratie ? LIEPP Policy Brief n°18, Paris, juin 2015
  • Filipe R. CAMPANTE, Quoc-Anh DO, Bernardo GUIMARAES, Capital Cities, Conflict, and Misgovernance , LIEPP Working Paper n°39, november 2015
  • Florence FAUCHER, Laurie BOUSSAGUET, Mobiliser des symboles pour répondre au terrorisme Policy Brief, n°28, novembre 2016
  • Jan ROVNY, Is Eastern Europe Uniformly Anti-Immigrant? Not so fast. LIEPP Policy Brief n° 24, March 2016
  • Jennifer M. LARSON, Cheating Because They Can: The Role of Networks in Informal Governance LIEPP Working Paper, n°62, December 2016
  • Kimberly MORGAN, Policing Markets: Campaigns against Irregular Migrant Labor in Western Europe LIEPP Working Paper, n°54, June 2016
  • Olivier ROZENBERG, Un petit pas pour le Parlement, un grand pas pour la Vème République. L’évaluation de la révision constitutionnelle de 2008. LIEPP Working Paper, n°61, décembre 2016
  • Quoc-Anh DO, Yen-Teik LEE, Bang Dang NGUYEN, Directors as Connectors: The Impact of the External Networks of Directors on Firms LIEPP Working Paper, n°52, April 2016
  • Sirianne DAHLUM, Carl Henrik KNUTSEN, Tore WIG, Who Revolt? Empirically Revisiting the Social Origins of Democracy LIEPP Working Paper, n°60, November 2016
  • Sylvain BROUARD, Les effets des attentats de 2015 sur l'opinion publique : Priorité à la sécurité, stabilité sur l'immigration & hausse souhaitée des dépenses publiques LIEPP Policy Brief n°22, janvier 2016
  • Verena KROTH, Valentino LARCINESE, Joachim WEHNER, A Better Life for All? Democratization and Electrification in Post-Apartheid South Africa LIEPP Working Paper, n°53, May 2016
  • Bruno PALIER, Allison ROVNY, Jan ROVNY, European Disunion? Social and Economic Divergence in Europe, and their Political Consequences , LIEPP Working Paper, n°71, November 2017
  • Dimitri A. SOTIROPOULOS, How the quality of democracy deteriorates: Populism and the backsliding of democracy in three West Balkan countries , LIEPP Working Paper, n°67, June 2017
  • Julia CAGE, Qui possède les médias ? LIEPP Policy Brief n°33, décembre 2017
  • Julia CAGE, Olivier GODECHOT, Who Owns the Media? LIEPP Report , December 2017
  • Martial FOUCAULT, Sylvain BROUARD, Préférences budgétaires des citoyens: résultats d'une expérience en ligne LIEPP Policy Brief, n°34, décembre 2017
  • Olivier ROZENBERG, Contributions de Thomas EHRHARD, Marie-Alice KERNEIS, Richard KISS, Audrey DE MONTIS. Réctions de Olivier FAURE, Dominique RAIMBOURG, Rémi SCHENBERG, Eric THIERS, Jean-Pierre SUEUR, Eric TAVERNIER. La révision constitutionnelle du 23 juillet 2008 a-t-elle renforcé le Parlement français ? Débats du LIEPP n°3, mars 2017
  • Sylvain BROUARD, Les effets de la loi interdisant le cumul de fonctions exécutives locales et des mandats parlementaires sur le renouvellement du personnel politique LIEPP Policy Brief, n°32, novembre 2017
  • Hortense DE PADIRAC, Le Parlement français et l’évaluation. Une institutionnalisation impossible ? LIEPP Working Paper n°80, octobre 2018
  • Julia CAGE, Nicolas HERVE, Marie-Luce VIAUD The Production of Information in an Online World: Is Copy Right? , LIEPP Working Paper, n°72, January 2018
  • Olivier ROZENBERG, Thomas EHRHARD, La réduction du nombre de parlementaires est-elle justifiée ? Une évaluation ex-ante , LIEPP Working Paper, n°75, février 2018
  • Hortense DE PADIRAC, Olivier ROZENBERG, L'évaluation au Parlement français: l'heure des choix LIEPP Policy Brief n°41, Mai 2019
  • Jean-Charles BRICONGNE, Nuria MATA GARCIA, Alessandro TURRINI Macroeconomic Imbalance Procedure, economic reforms and policy progress in the European Union LIEPP Working Paper n°87, Avril 2019
  • Olivier PILMIS, The Dynamics of Expectations. A Look on Forecasting as a Sequence LIEPP Working Paper n°91, septembre 2019
  • Sylvain BROUARD, L’introduction de la proportionnelle et la réduction de la taille des assemblées parlementaires vont-elles vraiment améliorer la proportionnalité de la représentation ? LIEPP Policy Brief, n°39, mars 2019
  • Yael SHOMER, Björn Erik RASCH, Osnat AKIRAV The inflated measures of governmental instability LIEPP Working Paper n°96, november 2019
  • Denis SAINT-MARTIN, A la rescousse des champions nationaux: le pouvoir politique des entreprises et la refonte du régime global de lutte contre la corruption LIEPP Working Paper n°99, janvier 2020   New
  • Jan ROVNY, Circumstantial Liberals: Czech Germans in Interwar Czechoslovakia LIEPP Working Paper n°101, janvier 2020   New
  • Max VISKANIC, Fear and Loathing on the Campaign Trail: Did Immigration Cause Brexit ? LIEPP Working Paper n°100, January 2020   New