CUSP Lecture - "Controlling Corruption: The Social Contract Approach"

  • Datum: –16.30
  • Plats: Via Zoom
  • Föreläsare: Bo Rothstein, August Röhss Chair in Political Science, Göteborgs universitet
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  • Arrangör: Swedish Collegium for Advanced Study (SCAS)
  • Kontaktperson: Klas Holm
  • Föreläsning

Bo Rothstein, August Röhss Chair in Political Science, Göteborgs universitet, presenterar sin nya bok "Controlling Corruption: The Social Contract Approach". Evenemanget hålls på engelska.

Since the late 1990s, the detrimental effects of corruption on human well-being have become well established in research. This has resulted in a stark increase in anticorruption programs launched by international and national development organizations. Despite these efforts, evaluations of the effects of these anti-corruption programs have been disappointing. The argument in this book is that this huge policy failure can be explained by three factors. Firstly, the corruption problem has been poorly conceptualized. Secondly, the problem has been located in the wrong social spaces. It is neither a cultural nor a legal problem. Instead, it is for the most part located in what organization theory defines as the ’standard operating procedures’ in social organizations. Thirdly, the general theory that has dominated anti-corruption efforts — the principal-agent theory — is based on serious misspecification of the basic nature of the problem. The book presents a reconceptualization of corruption and a new theory — drawing on the tradition of the social contract.

Bo Rothstein holds the August Röhss Chair in Political Science at the University of Gothenburg.

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