Anti-Corruption Research Group

The Anti-Corruption research group is a public forum for students, academics and professionals with the aim of engaging in discussion, readings and research projects on issues related to the prevention, understanding and problematization of corruption in society. The group is, in its nature, interdisciplinary because we think that in order to achieve a full understanding of and to provide solutions to a complex phenomenon as corruption a multidimensional approach is crucial. Corruption is not only detrimental to the correct functioning of democracy and to efficient business transactions, it bears heavy consequences on social justice, a country’s prosperity and citizens’ well-being.

The topic of anti-corruption will be tackled by focusing on, for instance: global examples of corruption cases in business and politics, activities of local governments in Eastern Europe and worldwide to promote transparency, integrity and accountability, the involvement of civic organizations in anti-corruption, cultural and social practices that may support petty corruption (e.g. gift exchange, reciprocity, networking, clientelism, etc.), media treatment of corruption in different languages, legal frameworks and their pluralism, morality, psychological dimensions. These are only among the possible themes that can be developed by the group which is open to any further suggestions.

The group welcomes new members in any interest field that relates to the study of anti-corruption. The group plans research activities which include seminars with established scholars and practitioners, reading nights, project presentations, development of case studies, public talks and activities with local governments, schools and civic organizations.

Davide Torsello, Associate Professor at CEU Business School, is a social anthropologist. Trained in different countries (Italy, Japan, UK, Germany), has conducted studies on interpersonal and institutional trust, the postocialist transformation, informal economy, social networks, civil society and corruption. He conducted fieldwork based research and compiled a number of case studies from Japan, Hungary, Slovakia, Czech Republic, Bulgaria and Italy. His latest book publication is The New Environmentalism? Civil Society and Corruption in the Enlarged EU, Ashgate 2012. He is also coordinator of the working package “The ethnographic study of corruption” in a major EU FP7 Cooperation research project on political corruption.