The Threat is Real: what it means for civil servants when social norms and the law do not align

CJL Program Co-Director Cheyanne Scharbatke-Church reflects on the personal and professional risks that inhibit civil servants in the Ugandan context from implementing the 2009 Anti-Corruption Act.

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The Cost of Democracy: How Dark Money is Funding Democratic Backsliding

Over the last few weeks, we have read a number of reports about how the presidential elections in the United States of America have been marred by a number of “irregularities” and how the American democracy has been undermined. In this post, Jared Miller throws light on four critical ways in which ‘dark money’ or untraceable election spending is contributing to backsliding of American democracy.

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Social Norms vs Anti-Corruption Laws: And the winner is???

What role do social norms play in interactions between civil servants when it comes to administrative sanctions? Cheyanne Scharbatke-Church explores this question, based on a participatory systems analysis of Ugandan civil servants (commissioned by SUGAR).

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Orders from Above: Curated Resources Exploring Social Norms and Public Authorities

Research Associate Cori Simmons curates a list of key resources exploring the role of social norms among public authorities. We know that public authorities, like anyone else, are influenced by pressures and expectations – but if it’s your boss pressuring you, can we call that a social norm? Read more for what the literature has to say on this.

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How the Séléka/Anti-Balaka Crisis Has Been Gas on the Fire of Corruption in the Central African Republic

By  Cheyanne Scharbatke-Church In this post Cheyanne Scharbatke-Church shares findings from our new research examining corruption in the criminal justice sector in

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