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QoG lunch seminar with Hortense Jongen


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.

Combating Corruption the Soft Way - Under what Conditions Do Peer Reviews among States Develop Authority in the Fight against Corruption?

Peer review in international organizations is the main instrument to monitor states´ compliance with their multilateral anticorruption commitments. Peer reviews are based on the assessment of a state´s policy performance by other states (´the peers´), assisted by members of the IO Secretariat. The outcome of this assessment usually is a report containing country-specific recommendations on how the reviewed state should or could improve its anticorruption performance. Peer reviews are soft-law instruments and therefore have to produce domestic effects through persuasion processes, peer and public pressure, and capacity-building efforts, amongst others. A key question, however, is to what extent peer reviews possess the necessary authority to redirect member state behaviour through such processes.

I study the authority of peer reviews as one precondition for these instruments to have an independent influence on member states´ compliance with anticorruption standards. Authority is conceptualized as a form of social control that stems from shared beliefs in the legitimacy of an actor or institution. Adopting a mixed-methods approach, combining interviews and an online survey, I study the authority of three anticorruption peer reviews comparatively: the peer-review mechanism of the UN Convention against Corruption, the OECD´s Working Group on Bribery (WGB) and the Council of Europe¿s Group of States against Corruption (GRECO). I demonstrate that the three mechanisms display considerable variation in their authority. In addition, I explore several explanations for the observed variation in authority.

Lecturer: Hortense Jongen, PhD candidate Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences Maastricht University

Date: 10/5/2016

Time: 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

Categories: Social Sciences

Organizer: The Quality of Government Institute

Location: Stora Skansen (B336) Sprängkullsgatan 19

Contact person: Alice Johansson

Page Manager: Lars-Olof Karlsson|Last update: 3/3/2008

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