KickBack: The Global Anticorruption Podcast

I’m pleased to announce the launch of KickBack: The Global Anticorruption Podcast, a joint enterprise between myself (on behalf of the GAB team), and the Interdisciplinary Corruption Research Network (ICRN), represented in this venture by Nils Kobis and Christopher Starke. Our plan for this podcast is to feature regular interviews with leading voices in the anticorruption field, from academia, politics, activism, journalism, and elsewhere. We hope that, like GAB, the podcast will help to enhance serious debate and discussion about important issues in the field from a variety of different perspectives.

For our first episode, we are delighted to feature an interview with Yale Professor Susan Rose-Ackerman. (What better way to launch our anticorruption podcast than with the person who helped launch the modern economic analysis of corruption?) You can find this episode, along with a separate segment in which Nils, Christopher, and I introduce the podcast (and ourselves), in the following locations:

We hope that the podcast will also be available soon on iTunes.

If you like it, please subscribe/follow, and tell all your friends! And if you have suggestions for voices you’d like to hear on the podcast, just send me a message and let me know.

Announcement: Two Great Anticorruption Conference Opportunities for New(ish) Scholars

Happy New Year, GAB readers! As you all start planning your 2019 professional calendars, I wanted to take this opportunity to alert you–especially those among you who are academics (or professional researchers more generally)–to two exciting conferences this coming June 2019, for which the call for papers recently went out:

  • First, the Monterrey Institute of Technology and Higher Education (ITESM) will be holding its second annual Academia Against Corruption in the Americas (ACA) conference on June 7-8 in Monterrey, Mexico. Organized Professor (and occasional GAB contributor) Bonnie Palifka, the ACA conference has three main goals: (1) to enrich and promote multidisciplinary research on corruption and anticorruption in the Americas; (2) to promote the inclusion of courses or subtopics on corruption in university curricula; and (3) to form a research and teaching network on corruption in the Americas.The ACA Conference invites professors and researchers from all disciplines to submit papers on any corruption or anticorruption topic, with a preference for those studying corruption or anticorruption in any part of the Americas. Additionally, professors who would like to participate in the special sessions on teaching and curriculum may submit syllabi, teaching notes, and/or a PowerPoint presentation relating the presenter’s experience teaching anticorruption. Submissions (which may be in English, Spanish, French, or Portuguese) may be emailed to Professor Palifka at bonnie@tec.mx. Submissions are due on February 1, 2019, and decisions will be announced on March 15, 2019.
  • Second, the Interdisciplinary Corruption Research Network (ICRN), a consortium of terrific young academic researchers, will be holding their Fourth Interdisciplinary Corruption Research Forum in Kyiv, Ukraine (at the National University of Kyiv-Mohyla) on June 13-15. The Forum aims to bring together international junior researchers, as well as practitioners working in the fields of corruption and anticorruption, to present their work. Junior researchers (including PhD, post-doc, and advanced Master’s level students) from all disciplines are eligible to submit papers, as are practitioners. Papers can be submitted through the online platform., and if you have questions you can contact the organizational committee at info@icrnetwork.org. Applications for the ICRN conference area also due on February 15, and decisions will be made in early March.

By the way, in the interests of full disclosure, I’m on the ICRN’s advisory board and attended their second Fourm a couple of years ago; I also delivered a keynote address at the first ACA Conference last year. I think highly of the organizers of both conferences and expect that they will put together a very strong program, so I encourage eligible researchers to apply!