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Upcoming events for 2015

TRIC has undertaken some forward planning for a series of events in the coming months.

Issues in researching corruption will be the first of a scheduled calendar of events for TRIC. Going forward, at least one formal or semi-formal event will be hosted by TRIC on the first Thursday of each month. Formal events like Public Seminars are intended to be both research and policy relevant to build the links between ANU corruption researchers and practitioners. Semi-formal events like the Research Discussions are intended to develop and share research and teaching on corruption and anti-corruption across academic disciplines both in the Australian National University and the wider academic community.

A brief schedule for 2015 and some details are posted below. As planning progresses, separate postings will be made on the TRIC events page.

Thursday 3 September - venue TBA

Research Discussion

Issues in researching corruption

Like all academic endeavours, researching corruption has to face up to different ontological, epistemological and methodological challenges. Added to this is the difficulty in accurately measuring the corrupt interactions between actors, of whom none have any wish to broadcast details of their activities.

It has been nearly 20 years since Angela Gorta wrote that research itself was a tool for building corruption resistance. If this is still the case, then how can research from the ANU provide policy relevant outcomes for the Australian community? In this open discussion these and other corruption research issues will be opened up for discussion among ANU scholars.

Thursday 1 October - Venue TBA

Public Seminar - Doctor Grant Walton

Is education the silver bullet for solving corruption in developing countries?

Much of the academic and policy literature suggests that educated citizens are likely to report corruption, and this belief shapes global anti-corruption policies. However, we know little about how other factors may interact with education’s impact on citizens’ willingness to report corruption.

In this seminar Grant Walton draws on a recent collaboration with the University of Birmingham’s Caryn Peiffer, to suggest that education’s impact on reporting is a function of institutional trust.   Drawing on data from a household survey undertaken in Papua New Guinea, their analysis finds that when respondents were better educated and believed corruption would be addressed by the government, they were more willing to report various types of corruption to officials. However, the positive effects of education on willingness to report corruption are significantly diminished when citizens lacked trust that authorities would address corruption.  In turn, it will be argued that educating citizens without effective anti-corruption institutions can result in public cynicism, and ultimately undermine future anti-corruption efforts.

Grant is a Research Fellow for the Development Policy Centre at the Crawford School of Public Policy and Deputy Director (Development) for TRIC.

Thursday 5 November - Venue TBA

Research discussion

Appropriate and inappropriate responses to corruption – was Guy Fawkes on the right path?

Given the date, this may be opportune to look at some of the more extreme responses to corruption. Beside Fawkes, Antonio Gramsci once wrote “No parliamentary government power can prevent the moneybags from corrupting the functionaries of the civil service, the military and the church, from corrupting journalists and “creating” just that public opinion which suits them…the only way to [end this corruption] would be a regime of terror, or a vast bureaucratic apparatus of control” (Gramsci, 1919). Are Fawkes and Gramsci correct? Do we need to blow the system up to rid it of corruption?

Monday 16 November - venue TBA

Public Seminar - Professor Adam Graycar

Corruption and public value

Detail TBA

Wednesday 9 December - World Anti-Corruption Day

Public Seminar - Doctor Adam Masters

Corruption and sport: Switching sides

How is corruption in sport evolving into a global public policy issue?  According to the criminologists Paoli and Donati, four trends in the past century have affected sport - de-amateurisation at the turn of the twentieth century, medicalisation since the 1960s, politicisation and commercialisation to the point where sport is now a business worth more than US$141 billion annually. Each of these trends had a corrupting effect on what is generally perceived as a past 'golden age' of sport. In the twenty-first century more public funding is being directed into sport in the developed and developing world.

In a lecture based on his recent work, Adam argues that organised sport has entered a fifth evolutionary trend - criminalisation. In this latest phase, public policy needs to grapple with what constitutes corruption in what has historically been a private market.

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