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Harry Cassin
Publisher and Editor

Andy Spalding
Senior Editor

Jessica Tillipman
Senior Editor

Bill Steinman
Senior Editor

Richard L. Cassin
Editor at Large

Elizabeth K. Spahn
Editor Emeritus

Cody Worthington
Contributing Editor

Julie DiMauro
Contributing Editor

Thomas Fox
Contributing Editor

Marc Alain Bohn
Contributing Editor

Bill Waite
Contributing Editor

Shruti J. Shah
Contributing Editor

Russell A. Stamets
Contributing Editor

Richard Bistrong
Contributing Editor

Eric Carlson
Contributing Editor

Enforcement Survey: What happens to public officials who take bribes?

The business community often complains during consultations with the OECD Working Group on Bribery that its focus on criminalizing the supply-side of foreign bribery creates an unbalanced approach to enforcement. In their view, companies face credible enforcement risks and high sanctions if they engage in foreign bribery, while the public officials who solicit or receive bribes seem to enjoy de facto impunity.… Continue Reading

Richard Bistrong: When we’re squeezed, do ethical decisions flow out?

When I started blogging in 2014, there was little discussion about how issues like financial pressures and “micro-cultures” could impact decision making that can lead us astray.

Now, though, the OECD has published an engaging work, Behavioral Insights for Public Integrity, Harnessing the Human Factor to Counter Corruption, focusing on the interaction between policy making and integrity.Continue Reading

Alison Taylor: Compliance could be perfect if it didn’t involve people

For the last several years, academic attention has converged on questions of behavioral ethics, and the findings are robust and sophisticated.

Organizations such as NYU’s Ethical Systems and the Santa Clara University Markkula Center for Applied Ethics provide a wealth of insight, tools and research to help companies access and use the latest thinking to enhance their internal ethics and compliance approaches.… Continue Reading

Jobs: Anti-Corruption Analysts (OECD – Paris)

The OECD’s Anti-Corruption Division is seeking applicants for multiple positions in Paris.

Successful applicants will work as part of a team of lawyers, supporting the work program of the OECD Working Group on Bribery in International Business Transactions with the aim of ensuring the effective implementation of the Convention and the OECD Recommendations on Combating Bribery of Foreign Public Officials in International Business Transactions.… Continue Reading

Joseph Pozsgai-Alvarez: The Quest for a Unified Theory of Corruption

Writing from 2018, it seems rather unnecessary to keep opening academic articles on corruption by introducing the reader to its social, political, and economic significance—the phenomenon is today so ingrained in popular scholarly thought that there is hardly an individual who needs to be convinced about the position of society at large in regards to public and private malfeasance.… Continue Reading

Richard Bistrong finds his flow

In Finding Flow, author Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi said “flow tends to occur when a person’s skills are fully involved in overcoming a challenge that is just about manageable.” 

And in such a state, “goals are clear, feedback relevant, and challenges and skills are in balance,” adding how “attention becomes ordered and fully invested.”… Continue Reading