Political Corruption and Party Funding

Conference at the University of Sussex, May 4–5, 2020

University of Sussex, Falmer, Brighton, BN1 9RH, United Kingdom

Keynote speakers:

Professor Elizabeth David-Barret, Professor of Governance and Integrity, Director of the Centre for the Study of Corruption, University of Sussex, UK

Dr. Fernando Casal Bertoa, Associate Professor, Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Nottingham, UK

The Conference on Corruption and Party Funding aims to bring together a diverse group of scholars and practitioners to exchange and share their ideas, experiences and research results about different aspects of corruption and anti-corruption and to analyse the latest trends and patterns in the manifestations of corruption globally, regionally and nationally. The main aim of the conference is to broadly focus on two themes: political corruption and party funding.

Corruption has been broadly researched in the past decades however there is a need to further examine the impact that political corruption has on gender, minorities, vulnerable groups, access to and promotion in politics, and human rights protection in general. The role of international organisations in curbing political corruption is also a topic that this conference wishes to examine. Therefore, papers broadly focusing on one or more of these topics are particularly welcome.

The effective regulation of political parties is an important aspect of tackling political corruption. This includes questions of party and campaign finance regulation and is particularly in the changing context of digital campaigns which legislators have been slow to regulate. Additionally, effective oversight is needed to regulate lobbying and manage conflicts of interest as well as preventing parties from using public office and state resources for their own benefit through vote-buying and patronage. The conference is open to researchers examining the regulation of parties from a variety of contexts and issues.

There is no fee for attending this event, and lunch and refreshments will be provided but participants are responsible for their own travel and accommodation costs.

The conference is supported by the Political Studies Association Specialist Group on Corruption and Political Misconduct, Political Studies Association Early Career Network and by the  Centre for the Study of Corruption, University of Sussex.

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