Tuesday 7 August 2012
Event Type Seminar
Title Experimental evaluation of citizens’ punishment of government corruption
Speakers Associate Professor Fiona Yap, Crawford School of Public Policy, ANU
Venue Acton Theatre, Level 1, JG Crawford Building 132, Lennox Crossing, ANU
Date 7/8/12
Time 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
Description Under what conditions do citizens demand punishment of corrupt officials or actions? Studies show that punishment curbs corruption; further, governments -- even those of less-democratic countries -- will accommodate citizens’ demands for accountability if doing so keeps them in office. Citizens’ demand for punishment, then, provides the important foundation to undergird the control of corruption in the government.

Associate Professor Yap’s study seeks to clarify the conditions that lead citizens to demand punishment of corrupt government officials or actions through an experimental survey of undergraduate and graduate students in the United States and Australia, with future extensions to Singapore, Taiwan, and South Korea. The proposed cross-national study uses a theoretical model that is tested systematically to generate cross-disciplinary knowledge related to international relations, political economy, and public policy. Insofar as the findings elucidate how citizens’ demands may be harnessed, it also informs institution building and strengthening with extensions to East and Southeast Asia and democratising Asia.

O. Fiona Yap is an Associate Professor at the Crawford School of Public Policy. Her main research interests are in public policy and political economy of East and Southeast Asia. Her research work is available through journals such as the British Journal of Political Science, Comparative Political Studies, Journal of East Asian Studies, Japanese Journal of Political Science, Journal of Theoretical Politics, Social Science Quarterly, and Korea Observer, as well as chapter contributions in edited volumes. She is editor of Annual Editions: Comparative Politics for McGraw-Hill and on the editorial board of the journal, Korea Observer. Prior to joining the Crawford School, she was an Associate Professor at the Department of Political Science at the University of Kansas, with research affiliations at the Center for East Asian Studies and the Institute of Political and Social Research.

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Light lunch will be provided.
Enquiries Ms Yanhong Ouyang
02 61254387
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