Title: Visiting Assistant Professor. Harvard University, Department of Government.
Summary: The peculiar and enigmatic relationship between corruption and politics is poorly understood and commonly distorted by ideological rhetoric. This seminar explores the many unusual paradoxes of corruption and its effect on economic and social variables. Our aim is to understand the characteristics of different forms of corruption, the sweeping anti-corruption efforts that are gaining steam worldwide, and the often questionable political motives behind them. We will also investigate many paradoxes of corruption and the economy such as how China has grown rapidly while ranking among the most corrupt countries, and why Latin America is the only region where corruption seems to reduce inequality. Overall, we aim to show a precise picture of when and how corruption thrives, and how to properly combat it.