Undergraduate: Level 6
Monday 17 January 2022
Friday 25 March 2022
01 September 2021
Requisites for this module
In this module, we'll examine corruption, a global problem that is present in dictatorships as well as democracies, in developing and more developed societies alike. In particular, we'll focus on the impact of corruption on democratic regimes.
At the extreme, corruption hampers economic development, reinforces social inequality, and undermine democratic development generally. We start by defining corruption and discuss alternative tools to evaluate the extent of corruption within a given polity. We'll then examine the causes and consequence of corruption (both political and bureaucratic). Last, but not least, we'll evaluate existing strategies to contain and control this problem.
The module is meant to encourage students to think on their own, while ensuring that their thoughts are coherent and logically sound. At the end of the class, students should be able to articulate cogent answers to questions such as: Can corruption lead to positive economic outcomes? How does corruption affect the wellbeing of citizens and their satisfaction with democracy?
The module aims to introduce students to the topic of political and bureaucratic corruption, a global problem that is present in dictatorships as well as democracies, in developing and more developed societies alike.
The module is meant to encourage students to think on their own, while ensuring that their thoughts are coherent and logically sound. At the end of the module, students should be able to articulate cogent answers to questions such as: Can corruption lead to positive economic outcomes? How does corruption affect the wellbeing of citizens and their satisfaction with democracy?
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This module will be delivered with (i) a weekly pre-recorded lecture and (ii) a weekly interactive lecture. The pre-recorded lecture will consist of one or more items of prepared content that students can access electronically and must study before the interactive lecture. The interactive lecture will consist of one 50-minute lecture in which students can ask questions about, and discuss various aspects of, the prepared content with the module supervisor.
- Lambsdorff, Johann. (2008) The institutional economics of corruption and reform: theory, evidence, and policy, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
- Landman, Todd; Carvalho, Edzia. (2017) Issues and methods in comparative politics: an introduction, Abingdon: Routledge.
- Johnston, Michael. (2005) Syndromes of corruption: wealth, power, and democracy, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
- Heidenheimer, Arnold J; Johnston, Michael. (c2002) Political corruption: concepts & contexts, New Brunswick, N.J.: Transaction Publishers.
- Susan D. Hyde. (2011) 'Catch Us If You Can: Election Monitoring and International Norm Diffusion', in Catch Us If You Can: Election Monitoring and International Norm Diffusion. vol. 55 (2) , pp.356-369
- Choi, Jin-Wook. (2007-09) 'Governance Structure and Administrative Corruption in Japan: An Organizational Network Approach', in Public Administration Review. vol. 67 (5) , pp.930-942
- Weyland, Kurt Gerhard. (1998) 'The Politics of Corruption in Latin America', in Journal of Democracy. vol. 9 (2) , pp.108-121
- Eric C. C. ChangMiriam A. Golden. (2007) 'Electoral Systems, District Magnitude and Corruption', in Electoral Systems, District Magnitude and Corruption. vol. 37 (1) , pp.115-137
- Camerer, Marianne Irene. (2006) 'Measuring Public Integrity', in Journal of Democracy. vol. 17 (1) , pp.152-165
The above list is indicative of the essential reading for the course. The library makes provision for all reading list items, with digital provision where possible, and these resources are shared between students. Further reading can be obtained from this module's reading list.
Assessment items, weightings and deadlines
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Module supervisor and teaching staff
Dr Ximena Velasco Guachalla, email: email@example.com.
Dr Ximena Velasco Guachalla firstname.lastname@example.org Module Administrator: Edmund Walker email@example.com
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549 hours not recorded due to service coverage or fault;
0 hours not recorded due to opt-out by lecturer(s).
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