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Bachelor 2020/2021

The Strategy of Anti-Corruption Policy in a Comparative Perspective

Category 'Best Course for New Knowledge and Skills'
Type: Elective course (Political Science and World Politics)
Area of studies: Political Science
When: 3 year, 3 module
Mode of studies: offline
Instructors: Elena Vandysheva
Language: English
ECTS credits: 4

Course Syllabus

Abstract

How often is an anti-corruption agenda used for political reform? Does it really matter in terms of generating political will and how we can measure it? What kind of anti-corruption strategy should we define as a successful strategy? What indicators could we offer to describe anti-corruption capacities of states and separate entities? Is it possible to transfer good practices in this field from one country to another? Why does anticorruption reform fail? The focus of this course is on understanding the questions mentioned above in a comparative perspective.
Learning Objectives

Learning Objectives

  • The main purpose of the course is to provide a complete understanding of approaches toward research on corruption and about certain tools to prevent and combat corruption in different countries
  • To develop the ability to analyze anti-corruption reform in a comparative perspective.
Expected Learning Outcomes

Expected Learning Outcomes

  • Student is familiar with corruption as social phenomenon
  • Understands key terminology of the discipline
  • Student is capable of executing applied analysis of the political phenomena and political processes - by using political science methods - and in support of practical decision making process;
  • Explains how corruption can be measured
  • Knows the basic research methods in corruption analysis
  • Figures out causes and impact of corruption
  • Knows how new technologies can reduce corruption
  • Be able to evaluate anti-corruption strategies effectiveness and to use preventive measures against corruption
Course Contents

Course Contents

  • Corruption as a social phenomenon and political problem
  • Research of corruption
  • Diagnostics of corruption
  • Comparison of anti-corruption strategies
  • Comparison of anti-corruption reform
  • Anti-corruption measures in public governance (comparative analysis)
  • Prevention of political corruption
  • Anti-corruption measures in business (comparative analysis)
  • Civil society against corruption
  • Anti-corruption investigations
Assessment Elements

Assessment Elements

  • non-blocking Seminars
  • non-blocking Team anti-corruption project proposal
  • non-blocking Project defense
  • non-blocking Colloquium
    It's oral colloquium. Each student should answer 5 questions without preparation during personal talk with the instructor in MS Teams. Examples of questions: 1. 1. Explain two main approaches to the definition of corruption. 2.Match the definitions of corruption violations with their kinds. 3. Explain how the Corruption Perceptions Index is formed (stages) and what it shows. 4. Provide no less than 6 parameters for comparison of reform with anti-corruption impact. 5. 9. Describe main economical consequences of corruption (no less than 4),
Interim Assessment

Interim Assessment

  • Interim assessment (3 module)
    0.25 * Colloquium + 0.25 * Project defense + 0.25 * Seminars + 0.25 * Team anti-corruption project proposal
Bibliography

Bibliography

Recommended Core Bibliography

  • Forssbaeck, J., & Oxelheim, L. (2014). The Oxford Handbook of Economic and Institutional Transparency. Oxford University Press. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsrep&AN=edsrep.b.oxp.obooks.9780199917693

Recommended Additional Bibliography

  • Bhojwani, R. (2012). Deterring Global Bribery: Where Public and Private Enforcement Collide. Columbia Law Review, 112(1), 66–111. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=asn&AN=70502337
  • Levi, M. (2012). States, Frauds, and the Threat of Transnational Organized Crime. Journal of International Affairs, 66(1), 39–50. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=asn&AN=84319350
  • Scott Gehlbach, & Alberto Simpser. (2015). Electoral Manipulation as Bureaucratic Control. American Journal of Political Science, (1), 212. https://doi.org/10.1111/ajps.12122
  • Simon Butt. (2011). Anti-corruption reform in indonesia: an obituary? Bulletin of Indonesian Economic Studies, (3), 381. https://doi.org/10.1080/00074918.2011.619051