Globalization has raised the salience of corruption as an area of academic study. The Workshop on the Study of Corruption aims to bring together faculty interested in the issue from across the University. Topics covered may include, but are not limited to, the emergence and spread of corruption in societies; the association of corruption with economic liberalization; the globalization of corrupt practices; culture and corruption; retail (individual) and wholesale (institutional) corruption; transparency and corruption; lobbying and corruption; anti-corruption activism and reform efforts; and anti-corruption as a business model.
The workshop meets twice a semester over lunch in a small group of about ten. Each meeting is led by a Harvard faculty member who is engaged in research or teaching of corruption-related issues. Typical pre-reading for the lunch includes a working paper, a book chapter, a teaching case, or a course syllabus. Occasionally, the faculty member leading the discussion may invite a non-faculty practitioner (such as an activist, entrepreneur, or lawyer) who can contribute to the conversation at hand. The goal for individual meetings is to provide a safe space to explore and develop new ideas in the research and teaching of corruption-related issues.
The broader agenda for the Workshop on the Study of Corruption is to make connections and establish a core University-wide community on corruption studies, thus fostering synergies across faculties and disciplinary methods.