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Corruption in the Global South
Research Consortium

Call for Papers!

2023 Annual Corruption in the Global South Network Conference

“Critical Approaches to Corruption and Transparency"

November 19-20th / New School for Social Research / New York City


In a quote posted to the White House website (2021), President Joe Biden states that “corruption threatens United States national security, economic equity, global anti-poverty and development efforts, and democracy itself.” Narrowly defined as “abuse of power for private gain” (TI 2022) but imbued with broader connotations of systematic social decay (Pierce 2016), corruption has emerged in the post-Cold War era as a signifier of a whole array of grievances associated with economic underdevelopment. Reflecting this growing preoccupation with corruption, the international community formed a sprawling ‘anti-corruption industry’ (Sampson 2010) consisting of numerous international conventions, national and local reform packages, and funding mechanisms for aspiring reformers. While global anti-corruptionism has helped put a spotlight on corruption, it has also served to reproduce and justify inequalities in the capitalist world-system by equating corruption with democratic deficit and by echoing colonial discourses of “backwardness” and dependency. Fighting corruption has become a moral imperative, characterized by a strong sense of urgency (Kaufmann 2009) that justifies punitiveness against transgressors, legitimizes lavish spending, and discourages critical examination of neoliberal solutions. With an array of social actors, ranging from populist politicians to grassroots movements, judges and corporations, claiming ownership of anti-corruption to advance their own agendas, this emergent industry has, in many ways, worsened the social problems it purports to ameliorate.

On November 19-20, 2023, the Corruption in the Global South Research Consortium, in collaboration with the Sociology Department at the New School for Social Research, will hold a two-day symposium in New York City dedicated to the study of corruption and anti-corruption in the era of neoliberalism and its historical antecedents. The goal of this symposium is to explore the different ways that corruption and anti-corruption have emerged from, and contributed to, the late capitalist world order.

With this call, we invite submissions from junior and senior scholars across different disciplines and methodological approaches, who work at the intersection of corruption, anti-corruption and structural inequalities associated with neoliberalism, (neo)colonialism, and other manifestations of late capitalism. To participate in the symposium, please submit a 200-300 word abstract of a paper that you would like to present to Marina Zaloznaya ( by noon on June 1st. Selected participants will be notified by June 15th, and their full papers will be due on October 15th.



Corruption is widely condemned as an obstacle to economic development and the rule of law in the Global South, with the international community spending billions of dollars annually to address predatory economic practices and abuses of power in governments and markets worldwide. Yet, as a field of research, critical social scientific study of corruption remains fragmented in the US and Canadian universities. The Research Consortium on Corruption in the Global South is the first virtual hub for North America-based social scientist pursuing research broadly related to corruption processes outside Western capitalist democracies. With support from several universities and the American Bar Foundation, CGS provides an institutional platform for intellectual exchange, collaboration and networking. The mission of the consortium is four-fold:


  1. To facilitate collaboration​ among social scientists from different disciplines and theoretical and methodological backgrounds

  2. To increase the visibility and disseminate new social scientific research on corruption in the Global South

  3. To host a depository for quantitative, qualitative, and archival data on relevant topics

  4. To create opportunities for mentorship​ and professionalization


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McGill University: Politics of Corruption Prosecutions Workshop
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