from Amakudari and Bribery to Watergate and the World Bank
At a time of geopolitical change, economic downturn, environmental crises and populist politics, corruption is a term used more and more in public discourse. What does it actually mean, and can an understanding of corruption help to explain what is going on around us, or help to find solutions to the world’s pressing problems? Three Oriel authors of the recently-published Dictionary of Corruption will take us on a world tour of corruption.
Join us in the Harris Lecture Theatre on Thursday, 29 February from 5.45pm to hear from our panellists, Robert Barrington (1984), Liz David-Barrett (1992) and Emeritus Fellow Mark Philp (1983). More details can be found on our panellists below.
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Robert Barrington (1984) is Professor of Anti-Corruption Practice at the Centre for the Study of Corruption in the University of Sussex. He was formerly the head of Transparency International (TI) in the UK, the world’s leading anti-corruption NGO, where he led the campaigns to secure the Bribery Act, a national Anti-Corruption Strategy for the UK and the introduction of Unexplained Wealth Orders He now chairs TI’s International Council. Previous roles include Director of Governance & Sustainable Investment at F&C Asset Management, and CEO (Europe) of the environmental research group Earthwatch Institute. Robert acts as an advisor to governments and the private sector. Publications include ‘Understanding Corruption’, ‘How to Bribe’ and ‘Dictionary of Corruption’. He holds a degree from Oxford University and a PhD from the European University Institute.
Liz David-Barrett (1992) is Professor of Governance and Integrity at the University of Sussex and Director of the Centre for the Study of Corruption. Her research focuses on corruption risks at the interface of business and government, and she is currently writing a book on how state capture manifests around the world. Her research on private-sector collective action to combat corruption identifies key conditions for success in changing international norms, while other work focuses on anti-corruption leadership in systemically corrupt contexts. Liz engages widely with anti-corruption practitioners globally, especially in sub-Saharan Africa, the Caribbean and Europe, and advises the UK Foreign Commonwealth and Development Office and the G20 on their international anti-corruption work. Before becoming an academic, Liz worked as a journalist in the Balkans for The Economist and Financial Times. She has a DPhil, MSc and MA from Oxford (Oriel and St Antony’s) and an MA from the University of London (SSEES).
Mark Philp (1983) is professor of history and politics at the University of Warwick, and an Emeritus Fellow of Oriel College. Recent publications include Radical Conduct: Politics, Sociability and Equality in London 1789-1815 (Cambridge University Press, 2020); with Joanna Innes eds., Re-imagining Democracy in the Age of Revolutions: America, France, Britain, Ireland 1750-1850 (Oxford, 2013) and Re-imagining Democracy in the Mediterranean (Oxford, 2018), and editions of J S Mill’s essays, and his Autobiography for Oxford World Classics. He chairs the Research Advisory Board of the Committee on Standards in Public Life.
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