How can auditing reduce public sector corruption? – Sérgio Seabra

16:30-18:30, 12 October 2017, Blavatnik School of Government.

A talk by Sérgio Seabra, Federal Auditor of the Office of the Comptroller General of Brazil and Lemann Visiting Fellow of Practice at the Blavatnik School of Government.

Part of the solution to public sector corruptions lies, generically, in the accomplishment of programmes and managerial functions within a governmental audit organisation and within a public governance network to which such an organisation belongs. While it is generally true that auditing can have a positive effect in reducing corruption, nevertheless such an effect is certainly not intrinsic to auditing. It depends on the way auditing is organised and operated, considering the institutional context in which it is immersed.sdr

The presentation will show the preliminary results of an analysis of a case study of an audit programme that has been shown to be effective in reducing corruption, as demonstrated by several empirical studies. The case is the municipality-facing auditing programme carried out by CGU (Controladoria-Geral da União), the audit body that is institutionally part of Brazil’s Federal executive power. By applying the notion of “social mechanism”, Sergio Seabra seeks to open the “black box” to understand what it is about government auditing that explains its effect in reducing corruption. He will argue that the effect of CGU’s programme can be explained by the operation of four social mechanisms, which were activated by the combination of a number of programme design features and context factors. By using the notion of social mechanism, and the causal connections among programme features and programme context factors, we can make a step further in understanding “how” it generated its effect on corruption, in such way that enables practitioners (programme planners) to benefit from the study of prior experience.


Building Integrity: Learning from Success – Professor Robert Klitgaard

In this public lecture, Professor Robert Klitgaard asks what does it mean to “build integrity”? How might it be done in practice? What research might we do to help? Professor Klitgaard explores recent examples of progress, with an emphasis on “how to.” Among the principles that seem to emerge, focusing on behavior may be more promising than focusing on attitudes.

Robert Klitgaard is a University Professor at Claremont Graduate University, where he served as President from 2005 to 2009. Before joining CGU, he was the Dean of the Pardee RAND Graduate School, America’s leading Ph.D. program in policy research, where he was also the Ford Distinguished Professor of International Development and Security. He has been a professor at the Yale School of Management, the Harvard Kennedy School, and the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy at the National University of Singapore. He is currently a Visiting Fellow of Practice at the Blavatnik School of Government.


Professor Isabela Mares

4pm on 22nd November – Board Room, Second Floor, Blavatnik School of Government

In the final lecture in a series of four seminars on public integrity, we are pleased to welcome Professor Isabela Mares from the Columbia University.

Professor Mares’ recent work has focussed on electoral fraud, intimidation and reform, and has examined clientelistic exchanges in contemporary East European countries. As part of this research, Mares has used experimental methods to measure sensitive phenomena and provide a more comprehensive understanding of electoral practices in Eastern Europe.

Integrity: from conceptualisation to implementation – Prof. Paul Heywood

2pm on 21 November 2016 – Seminar Room 4, Blavatnik School of Government

In the third of four seminars of public integrity, Professor Paul Heywood from Nottingham University will present “Integrity: from conceptualisation to implementation.”

Professor Heywood’s findings are the result of a large-scale anti-corruption project. Heywood is the editor of the recent Routledge Handbook of Political Corruption and has also recently published about integrity.