Michael Johnston photo webMichael Johnston, Distinguished Professor at IACA and a leading global authority on anti-corruption for several decades, will deliver a thought-provoking two-day seminar at the Academy’s Laxenburg campus on 12 and 13 November. Please see here for further details and how to register.

“The last two to three decades in anti-corruption have been a very exciting time but also frustrating, and the number of success stories is depressingly few,” Prof. Johnston says. “I would encourage the anti-corruption movement to take a step back, catch its breath, and do some fresh thinking.”

With this in mind, participants will discuss themes including:

  • The last 25 years in anti-corruption
  • Accomplishments and problems of political and analytical efforts in anti-corruption
  • Rethinking conventional wisdom on anti-corruption efforts
  • Measurement, assessment, and the trouble with transparency
  • How do influence markets, exclusion, civil society, and “populism” affect reform?
  • Challenges to come: Emerging techniques of corruption and reform

The seminar will be shaped by participants’ own perspectives and on-the-ground knowledge, enabling them to share experiences and network with peers from around the world. They will subsequently join IACA’s alumni network, comprising over 1,700 anti-corruption and compliance professionals from 157 countries and jurisdictions.

Applications will be considered on a first come, first served basis. Some discounts on the tuition fee are available under IACA’s fee discount scheme.

Prof. Johnston, who is also the Charles A. Dana Professor of Political Science Emeritus at Colgate University, is a world-renowned expert on questions of corruption, democratization, and reform. He has also served as a senior consultant to organizations such as the World Bank, United Nations, the Organization of American States, and the US Agency for International Development.

This will be IACA’s ninth “Best Of” seminar delivered by a pre-eminent anti-corruption and compliance specialist. The most recent edition took place in July this year and featured Tina Søreide, Professor of Law and Economics at the Norwegian School of Economics and a member of IACA’s frequent visiting faculty.