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MWP Multidisciplinary Research Workshop - What is corruption?

Dates:
  • Thu 24 May 2018 09.30 - 18.30
  Add to Calendar 2018-05-24 9:30 2018-05-24 18:30 Europe/Paris MWP Multidisciplinary Research Workshop - What is corruption?

Corruption is one of the major problems of modern societies. Transparency International estimates the total costs of corruption as more than 5% of global GDP, while 2017 Corruption Perceptions Index points out that the majority of countries are making little or no progress in reducing corruption. Interestingly, corruption is also a multifaceted concept that has a long history of different meanings and is still variously connoted depending on the discipline of research. As such, corruption involves other close notions, like clientelism, patronage and state capture, thereby increasing its conceptual opacity. Nonetheless, corruption as a phenomenon and a concept remains an essential object of inquiry for social and political sciences, economics and legal studies.
The aim of this conference is twofold. On one hand, we plan to address the overarching definitional question of what corruption is and how we identify it. The relevance of this question is evident, if we need to operationalize the concept consistently across disciplines. To this end, the first session hosts a book symposium of a recent comprehensive work on corruption, Making Sense of Corruption, by Bo Rothstein and Aiysha Varraich (Cambridge University Press 2017), and a hands-on presentation on corruption and clientelism in the Lebanese context. On the other hand, we intend to focus on the origins of corruptive human behaviour. Why do people behave corruptly in general? Why do people behave corruptly in general? Why are some people ready to cooperate in order to increase their wealth at the expense of a third party? Why are some others willing to make efforts in order to punish corrupt behaviour? The second session of the workshop is dedicated to the understanding of corruption as a social norm and it aims to explore the issue from the perspective of experimentalist economics.

Organizers: Chiara Destri (MW Fellow, SPS); Tatyana Zhuravleva (MW Fellow, ECO).

Seminar Room 4, Badia Fiesolana DD/MM/YYYY
  Seminar Room 4, Badia Fiesolana

Corruption is one of the major problems of modern societies. Transparency International estimates the total costs of corruption as more than 5% of global GDP, while 2017 Corruption Perceptions Index points out that the majority of countries are making little or no progress in reducing corruption. Interestingly, corruption is also a multifaceted concept that has a long history of different meanings and is still variously connoted depending on the discipline of research. As such, corruption involves other close notions, like clientelism, patronage and state capture, thereby increasing its conceptual opacity. Nonetheless, corruption as a phenomenon and a concept remains an essential object of inquiry for social and political sciences, economics and legal studies.
The aim of this conference is twofold. On one hand, we plan to address the overarching definitional question of what corruption is and how we identify it. The relevance of this question is evident, if we need to operationalize the concept consistently across disciplines. To this end, the first session hosts a book symposium of a recent comprehensive work on corruption, Making Sense of Corruption, by Bo Rothstein and Aiysha Varraich (Cambridge University Press 2017), and a hands-on presentation on corruption and clientelism in the Lebanese context. On the other hand, we intend to focus on the origins of corruptive human behaviour. Why do people behave corruptly in general? Why do people behave corruptly in general? Why are some people ready to cooperate in order to increase their wealth at the expense of a third party? Why are some others willing to make efforts in order to punish corrupt behaviour? The second session of the workshop is dedicated to the understanding of corruption as a social norm and it aims to explore the issue from the perspective of experimentalist economics.

Organizers: Chiara Destri (MW Fellow, SPS); Tatyana Zhuravleva (MW Fellow, ECO).


Location:
Seminar Room 4, Badia Fiesolana

Affiliation:
Max Weber Programme
Department of Political and Social Sciences
Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies

Type:
Workshop

Contact:
Francesca Grassini (EUI - Max Weber Programme) - Send a mail

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