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Social Research Conference on Corruption

The Center for Public Scholarship is pleased to present the 30th Social Research conference, "Corruption," on Thursday and Friday, November 21 and 22, 2013, at The New School in New York City.

Signs of corruption and the damage it causes are painfully evident in political and corporate life everywhere. Policy makers, historians, lawyers, and scholars will discuss the many systems undermined by corruption and the transparency and accountability protocols that could serve to reduce corruption, if not eliminate it.

Specifically, the conference will examine both U.S. and global aspects of the problem of corruption, including social and historical dimensions of corruption, the systems most at risk of corruption (governments, business, labor, and markets), and possibilities for reform.

Additional issues will be addressed in the publication of the Winter 2013 issue of Social Research, with case studies of corruption in Kenya, India, Russia, Latin America, and the United States.

The director and founder (1988) of the Social Research conference series is Arien Mack, Alfred and Monette Marrow Professor of Psychology at The New School for Social Research, who has been the editor of Social Research since 1970. For the history of the conference series, visit the Social Research conference series site.


Conference Program

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Session 1: Keynote Address

6:00-7:30 p.m. 
John Tishman Auditorium, 66 West 12th Street, 1st floor
“International Corruption: Organized Civil Society for Better Global Governance"

Peter Eigen, Founder and Chair of the Advisory Council, Transparency International; Honorary Professor of Political Science, Freie Universität, Berlin

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Moderator: Sakiko Fukuda-Parr, Professor of International Affairs, The New School for Public Engagement

Friday, November 22, 2013

Session 2: Understanding Corruption—Social and Historical Dimensions

10:00 a.m.-12:00 noon 
Theresa Lang Community and Student Center, Arnold Hall, 55 West 13th Street, 2nd floor

A. The Development of the Concept of Transparency
Alan Ryan, Professor of Politics, Princeton University

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B. Corruption and Social Trust: Why the Fish Rots from the Head Down
Bo Rothstein, August Rohss Professor in Political Science, Göteborg University

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C. Corruption and Markets: Philosophical Dimensions
Debra Satz, Marta Sutton Weeks Professor of Ethics in Society and Professor of Philosophy, Stanford University

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Moderator: Mark W. Frazier, Professor of Politics, Co-academic Director of the India China Institute, The New School

Session 3: Corrupt Systems—Government, Labor, and Markets

1:00-3:00 p.m.
Theresa Lang Community and Student Center, Arnold Hall, 55 West 13th Street, 2nd floor

A. What Counts as Corruption?
Richard White, Margaret Byrne Professor of American History, Stanford University

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B. Is Labor Union Corruption Special?
James Jacobs, Chief Justice Warren E. Burger Professor of Constitutional Law and the Courts, Director of the Center for Research in Crime and Justice, New York University School of Law

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C. The Economic Roots of Government Corruption
Susan Rose-Ackerman, Henry R. Luce Professor of Jurisprudence (Law and Political Science), Yale University

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Moderator: Michael Cohen, Professor of International Affairs, Director of the Julian Studley Graduate Program in International Affairs, The New School

Session 4: Possibilities For Reform

3:30–5:30 p.m.
Theresa Lang Community and Student Center, Arnold Hall, 55 West 13th Street, 2nd floor

A. Topic: Money and Politics
Sheila Krumholz, Executive Director, Center for Responsive Politics

B. Becoming Denmark: Historical Designs of Corruption Control
Alina Mungiu-Pippidi, Professor of Democracy Studies, Hertie School of Governance

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C. More Than Necessary, Less Than Sufficient: How Democratization and Development Shape Corruption Control
Michael Johnston, Charles A. Dana Professor of Political Science, Colgate University

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Moderator: Terra Lawson-Remer, Assistant Professor of International Affairs at the The New School; Fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations



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