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QoG lunch seminar with Oksana Huss

Research profile seminar

The QoG Institute regularly organizes seminars related to research on Quality of Government. The seminars address the theoretical and empirical problem of how political institutions of high quality can be created and maintained as well as the effects of Quality of Government on a number of policy areas, such as health, the environment, social policy, and poverty.

Speakers are invited from the international research community and experts from NGOs and other organizations to the lunch seminars. The seminars last for one hour and include a short presentation by the speaker (30-35 min) followed by a joint discussion about the topic.

If nothing else is indicated, the seminars are held in English.

Title of seminar: "Explaining variation in effectiveness of anti-corruption activism in the regions of Ukraine: The role of local context".

The 2013-2014 Revolution in Ukraine has spurred a boom in civic anti-corruption initiatives across Ukraine. There is as yet little consolidated understanding of how effective these initiatives are and what explains their variation in effectiveness. Drawing on a comprehensive study of anti-corruption activism in the regions of Ukraine, this paper analyses contextual factors that shape local anti-corruption initiatives. For the purposes of the study, we have conducted 242 semi-structured interviews with representatives of anti-corruption civic initiatives in 57 cities and towns in all regions of Ukraine that are under control of the Ukrainian government. We find that political will is an important conducive factor to the effectiveness of anti-corruption activism as it creates, in particular through advocacy efforts, more opportunities for impact. However, we have come across a substantial number of cases of anti-corruption initiatives that were effective while political will among local authorities to counteract corruption was low. To explain the variation in effectiveness, we unfold contextual factors into institutional factors, such as legislation for transparency and accountability, and structural factors, such as constellation of local elites, i.e. level of their consolidation or competition. Accordingly, we theorise a variation in the interaction between anti-corruption CSOs and local authorities.

Lecturer: Oksana Huss, postdoctoral researcher at the Leiden University, Netherlands, and co-founder of the Interdisciplinary Corruption Research Network (ICRNetwork.org).

Date: 9/12/2019

Time: 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

Categories: Social Sciences

Organizer: The Quality of Government Institute

Location: Stora Skansen (B336)

Contact person: Alice Johansson

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