European Political Science

, Volume 18, Issue 2, pp 185–188 | Cite as

Introduction: towards a better understanding of corruption and anti-corruption

  • Martin J. BullEmail author
  • Paul M. Heywood


Despite widespread interest in corruption and how to root it out, the problem continues to grow. Anti-corruption strategies and methods have proved ineffective in achieving lasting reductions in corruption. Anti-corruption academic research has not been free of criticism, and part of the problem is its emphasis on macro-level analysis. The case studies in corruption and anti-corruption in this symposium focus on specific areas that have received surprisingly little attention in the literature: the effectiveness of political finance supervisory bodies; the impact of European Union post-conditionality on anti-corruption efforts; and the increased use of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) in shaping the way that corruption is conceptualised and combated on a global scale. Together, the articles in this symposium offer some novel insights and approaches to the issue of how best to understand and assess different ways of addressing corruption in specific sectors which have received insufficient attention in the literature to date.


Political corruption Anti-corruption Anti-corruption research Political financing supervisory bodies European Union post-conditionality impact Foreign Corrupt Practices Act 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.School of Arts and MediaUniversity of SalfordSalfordUK
  2. 2.School of Politics and International RelationsUniversity of NottinghamNottinghamUK

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