Anticorruption from Antiquity to the Modern Era

In cooperation with the Faculty of Humanities

15jan2018 17:00 - 18:30


Anticorruption is a timely and urgent matter: corruption is widely seen today as a major problem we face as a global society. So far, however, historical research into anticorruption has been scarce. What do we know about the history of anticorruption? And what can policy makers learn from how societies tried to control corruption in the past?

Corruption undermines trust in government and financial institutions, economic efficiency, the principle of equality before the law and human wellbeing in general.  This afternoon, with the book launch of Anticorruption in History. From Antiquity to the Modern Era (Oxford: Oxford University Press 2018), Amsterdam historians who have been involved in the EU-funded research project Anticorrp and edited the book will present their main conclusions. Thereafter, two other experts, Paul Heywoord and Willeke Slingerland, will respond, to be followed by a discussion moderated by James Kennedy.

About the speakers

Paul Heywoord is professor at Nottingham University and author, co-author or editor of eighteen books and more than eighty journal articles and book chapters. His research focuses on political corruption, institutional design and state capacity in contemporary Europe. He is also a member of the Board of Trustees of Transparency International UK.

James Kennedy is Dean of Utrecht University College (UCU) and Professor of Modern Dutch History. His expertise is post-war history and Dutch History. He has been involved in several projects on corruption and published on cultural change of “the Sixties”, history of euthanasia and church-state relations.

Ronald Kroeze is assistant professor of history at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, specialized in modern and political history. He has been involved in several projects on corruption and has published extensively on the history of management, leadership and corruption.

André Vitória is an affiliated researcher at the University of Amsterdam and a member of the Laboratoire de Médiévistique Occidentale de Paris. He has published on the history of the medieval ius commune and is especially interested in the intersection of juristic thought and legal and political practice in the late Middle Ages.

Willeke Slingerland is lecturer and researcher at Saxion University of Applied Science and Technology, School of Governance, Law and Urban Development. She has published widely on integrity and corruption and has been involved in projects of Transparency International and the European Commission Directorate-General for Home Affairs.


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