Academic Conference

POSTPONED: University of Sussex Conference on Political Corruption and Party Funding


Given the current concerns on the COVID-19 outbreak, the risks posed to travel and large gatherings, and our primary responsibility to the health and welfare of members, delegates, staff and guests, we have been left with no choice but to postpone the event.

We hope to reschedule the event for a later date - further details will be announced in due course.

We thank you for your understanding in this unusual time.


Sponsored by the Early Career Network the conference will be an opportunity for early career researchers to share their research on corruption and receive feedback on their work.

The conference is supported by the Political Studies Association Specialist Group on Corruption and Political Misconduct, Political Studies Association Early Career Network and by the  Centre for the Study of Corruption, University of Sussex.


Keynote speakers:


Professor Elizabeth David-Barret, Professor of Governance and Integrity, Director of the Centre for the Study of Corruption, University of Sussex

Dr. Fernando Casal Bértoa, Associate Professor in Comparative Politics, co-director of the Research Centre for the Study of Parties and Democracy (REPRESENT), University of Nottingham


Call for Papers


Deadline: 1 March 2020

The Conference on Political Corruption and Party Funding aims to bring together a diverse group of scholars and practitioners to exchange and share their ideas, experiences and research results about different aspects of corruption and anti-corruption and to analyse the latest trends and patterns in the manifestations of corruption globally, regionally and nationally. The main aim of the conference is to broadly focus on two themes: political corruption and party funding.

Corruption has been broadly researched in the past decades, however, there is a need to further examine the impact that political corruption has on gender, minorities, vulnerable groups, access to and promotion in politics, and human rights protection in general. The role of international organisations in curbing political corruption is also a topic that this conference wishes to examine. Therefore, papers broadly focusing on one or more of these topics are particularly welcome.

The effective regulation of political parties is an important aspect of tackling political corruption. This includes questions of party and campaign finance regulation and is particularly important in the changing context of digital campaigns which legislators have been slow to regulate. Additionally, effective oversight is needed to regulate lobbying and manage conflicts of interest as well as preventing parties from using public office and state resources for their own benefit through vote-buying and patronage.

We welcome submissions from researchers whose work addresses corruption and issues relating to party regulation. Early career researchers and anti-corruption practitioners are particularly encouraged to apply. There is no fee for attending this event. Lunch and refreshments will be provided, but participants are responsible for their own travel and accommodation costs.

Submissions should include an abstract (maximum 500 words) of the work that will be presented. Please include a brief biography, the institutional affiliation and the contact details of the presenter. The submission deadline is 1 March 2020. Abstracts should be sent to Albertus Schoeman ( or Liljana Cvetanoska (    


Please note this is not a PSA event. If you require further information please contact the organiser directly ( 

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