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Tuesday, October 23 • 8:30am - 10:00am
The Fight against Corruption as a Threat to Democracy

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The session will focus on the possible side effects of large-scale corruption investigations in contributing to the rise of populist and/or anti-establishment radical movements. The session will discuss whether and under which circumstances the exposure of corruption networks may fuel radicalism, populism and/or legitimacy crises and what the consequences for the anti-corruption movement may entail. The anticorruption movement has dedicated a great deal of effort to developing mechanisms aimed at exposing corruption networks and prosecuting the corrupt. The proposed workshop innovates by drawing attention to the “day after”: the difficulties that may emerge in the wake of major corruption scandals. The workshop challenges the generally accepted theory that fighting and eventually diminishing corruption will necessarily strengthen democracy by itself. The unveiling of criminal activities in government and political parties is sometimes followed by great political instability, which may be attributed to: (i) the creation of a power vacuum due to the reputational damage suffered by traditional leaderships and parties; (ii) the fueling of cynicism towards the political establishment or, in extreme cases, towards public institutions themselves; (iii) the entrenchment of the idea that corruption is inevitable and merely a “part of the game”. Activists and institutions should take such negative consequences in consideration when designing its strategies in the fight against corruption. The session will be run in three parts, beginning with a presentation of three concrete cases and their lessons learned. From there, we will facilitate an open debate with the participants to incorporate other cases, experiences and views from different regions of the world. Finally, we will introduce the comparative balance sheet and propose strategic guidelines for future actions.

Session Rapporteur: Fernanda Odilla

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Matthew Stephenson

Professor, Harvard University Law School
Matthew is the founding editor of the Global Corruption Blog and he has written extensively on the topic of corruption.Matthew Stephenson is Professor of Law at Harvard Law School, where he teaches administrative law, legislation and regulation, anti-corruption law, and political... Read More →

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Mike Davis

Director of Campaigns, Planning & Evaluation, Global Witness
Mike Davis is Director of Campaigns, Planning and Evaluation at Global Witness and coordinates work across its 15 campaigns. From 2013 to the end of 2016 Mike was Global Witness’ representative in Asia. In this role he oversaw the organisation’s work in China and conducted a year-long... Read More →
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Pablo Secchi

Executive Director, Fundación Poder Ciudadano
Pablo Secchi has a degree in Political Science, having studied at the Universidad del Salvador, and is doing a Master in Analysis, Management and Electoral Law, from the University of San Martín. It works on issues of institutional transparency and the fight against corruption. He... Read More →

Workshop Coordinators
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Ana Luiza Aranha

Research Collaborator, Transparência Internacional Brasil
Ana Luiza Aranha holds a PhD in Political Science from the Federal University of Minas Gerais (UFMG) – “The Web of Accountability Institutions in Brazil” was chosen the best dissertation of 2015. Ana is currently a researcher at Fundação Getúlio Vargas and collaborates with... Read More →

Tuesday October 23, 2018 8:30am - 10:00am CEST
Workshop Room 4
  Civic Forum, Interactive Circle
  • Organiser Transparência Internacional Brasil