FacSem, J.Rovny, Oct 16

Communism, Federalism & Ethnic Minorities
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Communism, Federalism and Ethnic Minorities: Explaining Party Competition Patterns in Eastern Europe


Thursday, 16th of October, 2014 - 12:30-14:30

Salle du Conseil

Sciences Po, 13 rue de l'Université, 75007 Paris


Jan Rovny, Assistant Professor in Political Science at LIEPP and CEE participates in the next FacSem (Faculty Seminar). He presents his recently published work on: "Communism, Federalism and Ethnic Minorities: Explaining Party Competition Patterns in Eastern Europe".

"Scholarship on East European politics expects that party competition in the region is determined by various communist legacies, juxtaposing state-centric authoritarianism to a liberal market economy. Recent empirical evidence, however, uncovers significant variance of party competition patterns across East European countries. To explain this variance, this article argues that an interaction between communist institutional framework and partisan responses to ethnic minorities determines party competition structure in the region. While experience with communist federalism determines partisan affinities with ethnic minorities, tolerance or support for ethnic minorities leads the political actors associated with those minorities to general socially liberal positions. Consequently—and contrary to received knowledge—ethnic politics influence the ideological content of party competition and structure party systems in Eastern Europe."

If interested, you should register by writing to marina.abelskaiagraziani@sciencespo.fr.

During this FacSem Ettore Recchi, professor in sociology and researcher at the OSC, also presents his work on the following subject: "Europe as a Transnational Social Space".


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The Invisible and the Immeasurable

26-27th june, Paris IAS
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The Invisible and the Immeasurable: Towards Alternative Indicators of Corruption

June 26th and 27th, 2014
At the Paris Institude of Advanced Studies - 17 Quai d'Anjou, 75004 Paris

Interdisciplinary Colloquium organized by Alena Ledeneva, fellow at the Paris IAS  (2013-2014)  and Nicolas Sauger (Science Po - CEE, LIEPP)

Compulsory registration on the Paris IAS website


The aim of the colloquium is to explore how to move beyond the existing paradigms of measuring corruption. One unintended consequence of the ‘informalisation’ of global economy (Sassen) is that the existing indicators of performance and change are becoming less effective. In the studies of corruption, the contemporary global corruption paradigm (GCP) with its governance indicators and multiple indices seems to have exhausted its measurement and policy potential. On the one hand, it has been dubbed as a ‘magnificent policy failure’ (Rothstein) due to its incapacity to achieve its proclaimed goal –to reduce corruption all over the world. On the other hand, the present paradigm has turned unequipped to handle the ‘globalisation’ of corruption practices, as majority of indices are tied to the countries, and to differentiate between cultural contexts, assuming that corruption would be the same everywhere. The cross-cutting issue in many disciplines is: how to factor culture dynamics into risk analysis in general, and how to measure the impact of informality in particular. The key empirical puzzle is whether it is possible to measure the immeasurable without formalising it. The workshop will focus on the following questions :

  • Comparing the incomparable: We aim to move beyond the existing paradigms of measuring corruption and investigate how to create culture sensitive next generation indicators that would be compatible with existing transnational surveys.
    Alena Ledeneva, Institute d’Etudes Anvancees de Paris, France and Nicolas Sauger, Sciences Po/CEE-LIEPP, France
  • Corruption and political trust: Which questions about informal and invisible practices could/should be included in general social or political surveys?
    Paul Heywood, University of Nottingham, UK, Monika Bauhr, The Quality of Government Institute, Sweden, and Allan Sikk, UCL, UK
  • Practical norms: We search for the bottom-up, user-friendly indicators for informal practices, with focus on strength rather than frequency of relationships and practical norms rather than perceptions.
    Thomas Cantens, World Customs Organization, Roxana Bratu, UCL, UK and Danica Mijovic-Prelec, MIT, US
  • Ambivalence of corruption: We focus on how to construct indicators that would reflect cultural differences and ambivalent attitudes towards corruption.
    Richard Rose, U. of Strathclyde, UK, Elena Panfilova, Transparency International – Russia and Joy Saunders, Integrity Action
  • Norm reversal: Within the existing measurements, we aim to distinguish between indicators for the countries with systemic corruption – where corruption is a practical norm – from indicators for the countries where corruption is a deviation.
    Drazen Prelec, MIT, US, Catherine Fieschi, Counterpoint: Engaging Cultural Intelligence, UK and Tina Fordham, Citygroup, UK


- Paris IAS website
- programme of the colloquium (pdf)

Transparency in politics and the containment of corruption

Friday december 13th
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Transparency in politics
and the containment of corruption

Friday, December 13, 2013

Sciences Po

Room H101 - 28 rue des Saints Pères, 75007 Paris

Convenors: Emiliano Grossman, Eric Phélippeau & Nicolas Sauger


To register : liepp@sciencespo.fr



9h30 – 10h15

Panel 1 : Detecting and measuring corruption

- Alena Ledeneva, UniversityCollege, London : Measuring the immeasurable: obliquity and second-tier indicators

- Ekaterina Zhuravskaya, PSE, Ecole d’économie de Paris : Corruption in procurement and shadow campaign financing

10h30 – 11h30

Panel 2 : Regulations, anti-corruption agencies, and transparency

Présidence : Renaud Dehousse, CEE, Sciences Po

- Michael Koss , Institute for Political Science, Ludwig-Maximilians-University, Munich : Party financing and corruption

- Quoc Anh Do, Sciences Po, Department of Economics : Corruption and its limits: an institutional perspective

- Eric Phélippeau, Université Paris Ouest – Nanterre la Défense, ISP : Enhancing transparency. French political finance and disclosure regulations

11h45 – 12h30

Panel 3 : Corruption and public opinion

- Justin Fischer, Brunel University, London : Trust in institutions and corruption

- Pierre Lascoumes, CEE, Science Po : L’énigme démocratique de la tolérance à l’égard de la corruption

14h00 – 15h00

Panel 1 : Transparency of wealth and resources of political actors

Présidence Nicolas Sauger, CEE, Science Po

- Noëlle Lenoir, Déontologue de l’Assemblée nationale

- Gérard Davet , Le Monde

- Fabrice Lhomme , Le Monde

- David Gayou , Regards citoyens

- Benjamin Ooghe-Tabanou , Regards citoyens

15h15 – 16h15

Panel 2 : Registration of lobbies and regulation of conflicts of interest

Présidence : Emiliano Grosman , CEE, Science Po

- Anne-Marie Ducroux , Transparence international France 

- Myriam Savy , Transparence international France

16h30 – 17h30

Panel 3 : What role for the new Haute Autorité pour la transparence de la vie publique?

Présidence : Eric Phélippeau , Université Paris Ouest – Nanterre la Défense, ISP

- René Dosière , député

Lionel Benaiche, Secrétaire général du Service central de prévention de la corruption

- Luís de Sousa , University of Aveiro


The programme in English337.28 KB
Le programme en français253.89 KB

André Blais

June 20, 2012
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L’évaluation citoyenne des modes de scrutin

André Blais (université de montréal)

Mercredi 20 juin 2012  -  12:30-14:00

Salle H405 Sciences Po 28 rue des Saints Pères 75007 Paris


André Blais est professeur titulaire au département de science politique de l’Université de Montréal, actuellement invité à Sciences Po, CEE et LIEPP. Il est membre de la Société royale du Canada, chercheur associé au Centre d’étude de la citoyenneté démocratique, au Centre interuniversitaire de recherche en économie quantitative (CIREQ), et au Centre interuniversitaire de recherche sur l’analyse des organisations (CIRANO). Le professeur Blais est aussi membre de la Chaire d’études politiques et économiques américaines (CÉPÉA).


Can media decide elections' outcome?

Emiliano Grossman & Ruben Durante
April 20th 2012
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A multidisciplinary approach for public policies' evaluation

Tuesday April 20th - 2:45pm - 4:45pm - Salle Sotel
Sciences Po - 27, rue St Guillaume, 75007 Paris

For further details, you may download the event's flyer (pdf format).