IDD staff participate in largest-ever EU research project on corruption

Posted on Friday 25th May 2012

Twenty-one research institutions met this week in Gothenburg, Sweden, to start the implementation of a major new EU research project on corruption. Anticorruption Policies Revisited: Global Trends and European Responses to the Challenge of Corruption is a five-year research project investigating the causes of corruption, how corruption can be conceptualized and measured, and the impact of corruption on various aspects of human well-being. The central objective is to investigate factors that promote or hinder the development of effective anticorruption policies.

Researchers from anthropology, criminology, economics, gender studies, history, law, political science, public policy and public administration across sixteen EU countries are involved, including two IDD staff members.

Heather Marquette, senior lecturer in IDD, will participate in two important studies: one examining changes in corruption and governance over time in various countries through a range of existing and newly-developed indicators, and the other conducting a worldwide survey of mechanisms of horizontal accountability and transparency laws and praxis.

Brian Lucas and the Governance and Social Development Resource Centre team will collaborate with Transparency International to support the research communication functions of the project, ensuring that research results are delivered to policy makers and to the public through a variety of products including multimedia tools and research-policy workshops.

IDD’s involvement in this project is in close partnership with the University of Nottingham and Paul Heywood, Sir Francis Hill Professor of European Politics and Dean of the Faculty of Social Sciences at Nottingham.