Each chapter shall evaluate how anti-corruption is contested, abused, and innovated in a particular context, and how these are explained by political and economic processes like democratic backsliding, populism, and the changing political and economic world order.
Possible guiding questions are:
Where is contestation most visible and why? Is there a mainstream approach to anti-corruption, what are its origins and who backs it? Why has anti-corruption seemingly become a clarion-call for both autocrats and democrats across the world? How are de-democratisation and populism weakening anti-corruption?
To what extent are countries in the Global South and rising powers challenging the ideological foundations of mainstream anti-corruption and why? Has anticorruption been considered as anti-democratic or anti-economic diversification?
How are the World Bank, Western donors, and the bigger anti-corruption NGOs, responding to critiques and emerging alternatives?
Where and how is the manipulation and hijacking of anti-corruption practice and discourse taking place? How is anti-corruption used to legitimise the rolling back of checks and balances? Under what circumstances is this hijacking effective and under what circumstances is it not?
How does anti-corruption fit into the discourse of illiberal and populist leaders? What is the overall effect of the abuse of anti-corruption on the legitimacy of mainstream anti-corruption practice?
To what extent are international donors being caught up or enabling these abuses?
How to contribute
Abstracts shall include:
a) A tentative chapter title;
b) Names and affiliations of all authors;
c) Short author biographies;
d) A brief description of the chapter (300-400 words).
Draft chapters shall be completed by July 1st, 2024, with final chapters due on December 1st, 2024. Chapters will be a maximum of 8,000 words and will be peer reviewed.
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