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Anti-corruption Agencies and Statebuilding. Effects of anti-corruption institutions on post-conflict statebuilding

English title Anti-corruption Agencies and Statebuilding. Effects of anti-corruption institutions on post-conflict statebuilding
Applicant Gemperle Sergio Marco
Number 148859
Funding scheme Doc.CH (until 2020)
Research institution Swiss Peace Foundation - swisspeace
Institution of higher education University of Basel - BS
Main discipline Political science
Start/End 01.10.2013 - 30.09.2017
Approved amount 230'697.00
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All Disciplines (3)

Discipline
Political science
Economics
Sociology

Keywords (5)

Anti-corruption Agencies; Statebuilding; Post-conflict Context; State Legitimacy; Institutional Change

Lay Summary (German)

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Post-Konflikt Länder werden zu den korruptesten der Welt gezählt. Dadurch, dass Korruption die Legitimität staatlicher Institutionen untergräbt, verschärft sie in den Ländern mit schwach ausgeprägten Staatsstrukturen deren Fragilität und erhöht dadurch das Risiko erneuter Konflikte. Entsprechend wird in der Literatur argumentiert, dass Anti-Korruptions-Institutionen den Prozess des Aufbaus legitimer und stabiler staatlicher Institutionen positiv unterstützen.
Lay summary

Über den Zusammenhang von Anti-Korruptions-Behörden und den Aufbau staatlicher Institutionen ist noch wenig empirisch gesichertes Wissen vorhanden. Das Ziel dieser Dissertation besteht darin, den Zusammenhang zwischen Anti-Korruptions-Behörden und deren Effekt auf staatliche Institutionen in post-Konflikt Ländern zu erforschen. Dazu werden in einem ersten Schritt Anti-Korruptions-Behörden verschiedener konfliktbetroffener Länder im Hinblick auf deren Effekt auf die Legitimität staatlicher Institutionen verglichen. Die vertiefte Analyse der Zusammenhänge unter Berücksichtigung des Einflusses verschiedener Akteure auf den Erfolg von Anti-Korruptions-Behörden und des damit einhergehenden Effekts auf staatliche Institutionen erfolgt im zweiten Schritt anhand ausgewählter Fallstudien. 

Die Forschung und deren Resultate werden zur Etablierung des relativ jungen, wissenschaftlichen Diskurses zu Anti-Korruptions-Institutionen in konfliktbetroffenen Staaten beitragen. Die Resultate sollen aber über die Wissenschaft hinaus relevant sein, indem sie als Basis für die Entwicklung kontextspezifischer Anti-Korruptions-Strategien dienen.


Direct link to Lay Summary Last update: 07.10.2013

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Employees

Publications

Publication
Improving state legitimacy? The role of anti-corruption agencies in fragile and conflict-affected states
Gemperle Sergio Marco (2017), Improving state legitimacy? The role of anti-corruption agencies in fragile and conflict-affected states, in Global Crime, 1-20.
Sequence will tell! Integrating temporality into set-theoretic multi-method research combining comparative process tracing and qualitative comparative analysis
Williams Timothy, Gemperle Sergio M. (2016), Sequence will tell! Integrating temporality into set-theoretic multi-method research combining comparative process tracing and qualitative comparative analysis, in International Journal of Social Research Methodology, 20(2), 121-135.

Collaboration

Group / person Country
Types of collaboration
Basel Institute on Governance Switzerland (Europe)
- in-depth/constructive exchanges on approaches, methods or results
Filip De Maesschalck, University of Antwerpen Belgium (Europe)
- Publication
Dr. Corinne Heaven, University of Reading Great Britain and Northern Ireland (Europe)
- in-depth/constructive exchanges on approaches, methods or results
- Publication
Timothy Williams, Universität Marburg Germany (Europe)
- Publication
Bruce Gilley, Portland State University United States of America (North America)
- in-depth/constructive exchanges on approaches, methods or results
Dr. Stoyan Panov, University of Freiburg Germany (Europe)
- in-depth/constructive exchanges on approaches, methods or results
- Publication

Scientific events

Active participation

Title Type of contribution Title of article or contribution Date Place Persons involved
Swiss Political Science Association Annual Conference Talk given at a conference Improving State Legitimacy? The Role of Anti-Corruption Agencies in Fragile and Conflict-Affected Contexts 11.01.2017 St. Gallen, Switzerland Gemperle Sergio Marco;
Research Workshop: ‘The Diffusion and Impact of Anti-Corruption Agencies’ Talk given at a conference Improving Legitimacy? Anti-Corruption Agencies in Fragile and Conflict-Affected States 15.12.2016 Reading, Great Britain and Northern Ireland Gemperle Sergio Marco;
ECPR 2016 General Conference Talk given at a conference Anti-Corruption Reforms and Legitimacy: The Role of Anti-Corruption Agencies in Fragile or Conflict-Affected States 08.09.2016 Prag, Czech Republic Gemperle Sergio Marco;
Interdisciplinary Corruption Research Forum Talk given at a conference How to Research Anti-Corruption 16.06.2016 Amsterdam, Netherlands Gemperle Sergio Marco;
swisspeace PhD Colloquium Individual talk Methodological and Data Synthesis considerations 08.06.2016 Bern, Switzerland Gemperle Sergio Marco;
Political Studies Association, Standing Group on ‘Corruption and Political Misconduct’ Annual Conference Talk given at a conference Do Anti-Corruption Agencies Improve the Legitimacy of a State? A Comparative Analysis 27.08.2015 Brighton, Great Britain and Northern Ireland Gemperle Sergio Marco;
swisspeace PhD Colloquium Individual talk Anti-Corruption Agency Index 13.04.2015 Bern, Switzerland Gemperle Sergio Marco;
Swiss Political Science Association Annual Conference: Panel on "Empirical Methods" Talk given at a conference Comparative Process Tracing: A Methodological Framework for Integrating QCA and Process Tracing" 07.02.2015 Lausanne, Switzerland Gemperle Sergio Marco;
Institutions for Sustainable Peace Network Conference: "Institutional Reforms in Post-war and Divided Societies – Part of the Problem or Part of the Solution" Talk given at a conference Anti-Corruption Agencies in Post-Conflict Contexts: An Analytical Framework 27.05.2014 Genf, Switzerland Gemperle Sergio Marco;
swisspeace PhD Colloquium Individual talk Anti-Corruption Agencies in Post-Conflict Contexts: An Analytical Framework 13.05.2014 Bern, Switzerland Gemperle Sergio Marco;
swisspeace PhD Colloquium Individual talk A Multi-Method Approach to Anti-Corruption Agencies in Statebuilding 10.04.2014 Bern, Switzerland Gemperle Sergio Marco;


Knowledge transfer events

Active participation

Title Type of contribution Date Place Persons involved
Learning Retreat on National Oversight Institutions Talk 29.08.2017 Bern, Switzerland Gemperle Sergio Marco;
State Legitimacy Effects of Anti-Corruption Agencies in Fragile or Conflict-Affected Contexts Talk 10.04.2017 Bern, Switzerland Gemperle Sergio Marco;


Communication with the public

Communication Title Media Place Year
New media (web, blogs, podcasts, news feeds etc.) Do Anti-Corruption Agencies Really Matter? Some Lessons on State Legitimacy from Indonesia CDA Perspectives Blog, Corruption in Fragile States International 2017

Abstract

With the broad recognition of corruption as an impediment to the development of stable states, the discourse on anti-corruption strategies has become an important component in both, the academic debate as well as in programs of development organisations. However, reflection and evidence on the proposed positive effect of anti-corruption reforms in situations of post-conflict statebuilding is lacking. This PhD project positions itself at the interconnection between research on corruption and statebuilding and contributes to shed light on the conceptual and causal connection between anti-corruption agencies and post-conflict statebuilding.In order to elaborate the causal connection between anti-corruption agencies and statebuilding, a mixed-method approach will be applied. First, the effect of anti-corruption agencies (ACAs) on corruption in post-conflict states will be quantitatively analysed. In a second step, applying an actor-centred institutionalist approach ACAs will be conceptualised in terms of their effectiveness which is influenced by different actors involved in anti-corruption reforms. It is hypothesised that the impact of ACAs on state institutions is contingent on a sustained track record of effectiveness and independence which, in turn, will be possible only if the ACA enjoys adequate political support from key constituencies. In the third phase of this research project, on the basis of in-depth case studies the causal inference of ACAs on statebuilding is elaborated with a particular focus on context-specific factors.The expected results will contribute to reinforce the scientific evidence based discourse on anti-corruption agencies in post-conflict states. These results are also highly relevant for practitioners, as they enhance their basis for decisions for the development of context-sensitive anti-corruption and statebuilding strategies.
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