Junior Workshop 4:
In this junior workshop, we will complete original research papers on the topic of corruption - a governance issue that confronts developed and developing countries alike. Our goals for the workshop will be to understand the nature and severity of the corruption problem, and to understand the process of conducting political science research.
Students will develop their own research questions and designs, and projects may address questions such as: Are women inherently less corrupt than men? When do voters punish politicians for corrupt acts? Do citizens in different societies have different conceptions of corrupt behavior? Does corruption reduce societal trust? Why do politicians adopt anti-corruption reforms? Are authoritarian countries more like to have higher levels of corruption? What types of citizens are most likely to be extorted for bribes?
Readings and group discussion will focus on prominent research techniques, including surveys and survey experiments; experimental designs; interview techniques; and small-N comparisons and case studies. Previous coursework in statistics is helpful but not required.