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Corruption in Eastern/Southeastern Europe and Latin America: Comparative Perspectives

Type of the event: Call for Papers
Organizer: Klaus Buchenau
Start date: 29.06.2017
End date: 01.07.2017
State: Deutschland
Place: Regensburg
Location: IOS Regensburg, Landshuter Str. 4, 93047 Regensburg (Germany)
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Meeting language: English
Topic reference: Sozial- und Gesellschaftsgeschichte, Politik, Politikgeschichte, Wirtschaft
Geographic reference: Osteuropa allg., Südosteuropa
Reporting period: 19. Jh., 20. Jahrhundert, 21. Jahrhundert, Neuzeit bis 1900, Mittelalter


In much of today’s media discourse, corruption serves as a short-hand explanation for

almost every political problem. Low levels of development, social injustice, a lack of

security or even setbacks in the struggle against terrorism – in all these fields corruption

is seen as a key factor operating in the background. The social sciences, and to some

degree the humanities as well, have responded to this trend by intensifying research on

the topics of corruption and governance. While previous research has often been

quantitative and normative, newer work takes the difficulties and complexities of

transforming „corrupt“ into „clean“ orders more seriously and tries to understand why

certain practices persist even if the institutional framework is changed. Other scholars,

particularly in the humanities, explore discourses on corruption, considering them a

political strategy against those labeled as „corrupt“.

Against this background, we are looking for contributions from disciplines such as history,

anthropology, economics, political science or sociology which reflect these current shifts

and try to go beyond them. Especially we encourage qualitative approaches, focusing on

practices and perspectives of „corrupt“ actors and public discourse on corruption. We

also invite researchers interested in more diachronic perspectives, trying to understand

how the current notion of corruption came into existence, exploring what historical

settings encouraged or discouraged “corrupt” behavior, and delving into the

development of anti-corruption measures.


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