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Call for Papers
International Conference (online)
Corruption and Clientelism: Exploring Recent Developments
18-19 August 2022 (Babes-Bolyai University Cluj, Romania)

Many countries around the world, especially the new democracies and transitional societies, are plagued by clientelism and corruption. Its prevalence in many contexts raises questions about how it works and what are its consequences. Earlier research emphasizes their instrumental use for electoral manipulation and mobilization, the means through which political parties develop networks in society, and the multi-faceted conditions in which these linkages develop. The consequences of corruption and clientelism were studied mainly in relation to how benefits can enhance the trust and legitimacy of public authorities, the advantages brought by financial incentives to different types of candidates, and the broader effects for party politics and functioning of the political system.

In the last two decades the forms of electoral clientelism and corruption developed and diversified around the world, in all types of regimes. In this context, several issues remain unclear: how people perceive corruption or clientelism, why political actors use them, what are the consequences of corruption and clientelism, how civil society reacts to these forms, or how does legislation prevent the further developments of these two forms.

This conference aims to bring together works addressing, but not limited to, any of these points. The event will gather a group of 15-20 researchers working on these topics in order to facilitate the knowledge sharing and a better understanding of current events. The conference encourages contributions from all over the world, it does not have a particular geographic focus. The organizers strive for a balance between established academics and early career scholars (including PhD candidates). We encourage theoretical, empirical or methodological papers related to the topics of the conference.

Venue, application and format
This is an online event. Authors should fill a brief application form (available here) until 5 August 2022 (applications received after deadline will not be reviewed). The results of the selection process will be communicated on 7 August. Early applications are encouraged since they will be assessed on a rolling basis.

The conference will be organized in the following format: four papers in a panel, which will have a discussant. Each paper giver will be allocated 30 min for the presentation and discussion.

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