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Unformatted text preview: 1 CENTRAL EUROPEAN UNIVERSITY DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC POLICY 2009-10 CORRUPTION AND CORRUPTION CONTROL Instructor: Dr Agnes Batory ( firstname.lastname@example.org ) Class times: Office Hours: tbc, Room 321, Nador u 11 Credits: 2 Requirements: Seminar participation 20% Seminar presentation 30% Final paper (3000 words) 50% INTRODUCTION AND COURSE OBJECTIVES This interdisciplinary course is an introduction to the study of corruption and corruption control. The pervasiveness of corruption imposes substantial and widespread societal costs, impeding economic development, limiting the efficiency of public services, and weakening political institutions by undermining trust in government. The term ‘corruption’ is understood in ways that are sometimes culturally specific, and cover a broad range of practices. The causes and consequences of corruption have been contested in various literatures. The purpose of this course is to subject the topic to systematic study, combining insights from several different disciplinary perspectives, including political science, economics, sociology, and public management. The substance of the course spans three main areas: 1) The nature, causes and consequences of corruption. We will focus more on forms of administrative and bureaucratic corruption than on high-level political corruption. The types of questions classroom discussion will address include: Is corruption a result of weak institutions? Is it an inevitable by-product of poverty and low levels of economic development? Can it be a cause? Does it result from weakness or absence of appropriate judicial systems, legal instruments or enforcement? 2) Measurement and analytical methods for determining the severity of corruption problems, including a critical assessment of existing measurement tools. 3) Mechanisms of control: Corruption harms the poor and disadvantaged most, but some scholars have claimed that its effects are not equally, or exclusively, negative across society. Whether, when and to what extent corruption can, and should, be controlled is therefore another important set of questions. We will explore corruption containment and control strategies by examining examples from international practice, and case studies at the national level. We will also 2 examine the role of international organisations and civil society actors in designing reforms and initiatives tailored to specific circumstances and problems. The most important learning outcome from the course should be the integration of disciplinary perspectives and analytical methods for control strategies and policy prescriptions for real-life cases discussed in the classroom. The course will rely on the academic literature as well as a wide range of policy documents, international case studies and on-line resources, with the explicit intention to expose participants to ‘real life’ experiences with corruption and corruption control in various cultural, political and institutional contexts. At the same time, it is expected that various cultural, political and institutional contexts....
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