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IACA Seminar: Michael Johnston on rethinking conventional anti-corruption wisdom

Global anti-corruption expert Michael Johnston will lead a seminar at the International Anti-Corruption Academy (IACA) in Austria on November 12 and 13. 

In the words of Prof. Johnston, pictured above, “The last two to three decades in anti-corruption have been a very exciting time but also frustrating, and the number of success stories is depressingly few. I would encourage the anti-corruption movement to take a step back, catch its breath, and do some fresh thinking.”

To encourage this fresh thinking, join Prof. Johnston and anti-corruption and compliance professionals from around the world to discuss topics including: 

  • Anti-corruption progress in different countries
  • How influence markets, exclusion, civil society, and populism affect reform
  • Rethinking conventional wisdom in tackling corruption
  • Cases, (mis)perceptions, and magical thinking
  • Future anti-corruption challenges

The interactive two-day seminar at IACA’s campus near Vienna will be shaped by participants’ own perspectives and on-the-ground knowledge, enabling them to share experiences and network with peers from around the world. 

Prof. Johnston is also the Charles A. Dana Professor of Political Science Emeritus at Colgate University, and is a world-renowned expert on questions of corruption, democratization, and reform. He has also served as a senior consultant to organizations such as the World Bank, United Nations, the Organization of American States, and the US Agency for International Development.

More details about the seminar are available here.

Registrations are still open and are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. Certain fee discounts apply.


This is the ninth in IACA’s series of “Best Of” seminars, which feature pre-eminent anti-corruption authorities who share the best of their work. Earlier seminars have featured experts including Robert Klitgaard (Professor, Claremont Graduate University), Drago Kos (Chair, OECD Working Group on Bribery), and Tina Søreide (Professor, Norwegian School of Economics).


Isabelle Kermeen is Advocacy and Communications Officer at the International Anti-Corruption Academy in Laxenburg/Vienna, Austria. She can be contacted here.

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