Lunchtime Study Group—Corruption and Anticorruption (Session 1): Politics of Anticorruption Campaigns


Monday, October 3, 2022, 12:00pm to 1:00pm


Ash Center Conference Room, #226, 124 Mt Auburn Street, Suite 200N

The connections between corruption management and democratic compromise are myriad, complex, and not commonly understood. What starts as an anticorruption campaign can end up as an instrument of cronyism and media control – undermining democracy. The first session will discuss the causes and consequences of anticorruption campaigns in the Philippines, with particular focus on the future of reforms under the new administration of President Marcos Jr.

Guest speaker: Charade Puno, MC/MPA Mason Fellow and former Director-General of Philippines FDA

About the Study Group 

This in-person study group, held on five Mondays 12-1pm ET is designed to engage HKS and Harvard degree students to understand global trends in corruption and anticorruption efforts, mechanics of systemic corruption, and current challenges controlling corruption. Led by Professor Jeeyang Rhee Baum, who has over 30 years of experience working in and with developing democracies, the program will draw on the expertise of a range of HKS Ash Center fellows, practitioners and others from media and policy analysis organizations. The objective is for students to gain and appreciate the complexity of combatting corruption but leave with a set of analytical tools to critically examine and develop interventions in the future. Because the program depends upon interactive discussions and will be capped at 22 students, we particularly encourage those who enjoy active participation and lively debate to sign up.  

In order to help foster a stronger sense of community amongst study group attendees, we ask that students commit to participating in most if not all of the scheduled study group sessions.

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Please note that this-in person study group is open to Harvard ID holders only.

Lunch will be provided.  

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