Call for Chapters! Anti-corruption in a discordant world: Contestation, abuse and innovation! Submit Now!

Contributions sought

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 

Please submit chapter abstracts by January 19th, 2024 to David Jackson ([email protected]), Inge Amundsen ([email protected]) or Aled Williams ([email protected]).

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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