Diagnosing and Preventing Public Sector Corruption

Open for submissions: 2nd September 2024


Public sector corruption is a global problem, with a wide range of adverse effects across economies, societies, political systems and cultures. Its persistence in both established and developing democracies is not fully understood, especially as anticorruption laws and infrastructure have evolved over time with limited effectiveness in many locations.

The special issue seeks to address this issue by focusing on the topic of ‘what works’ in terms of new and emerging evidence. In particular, the editors are seeking papers on innovations in corruption prevention, including changes to laws, the creation of specialist anticorruption agencies, and the introduction of targeted opportunity reduction techniques.

In addition, the special issue seeks to more closely connect knowledge about causes and knowledge about prevention; and to explore issues of grey corruption – involving alleged minor, but often unfair and harmful, categories of corruption and areas of legal ambiguity.

In furthering these aims, the editors are looking for an international perspective, with in-depth case studies and jurisdictional comparisons.

List of Topic Areas

  • Causes of corruption
  • Prevention initiatives and impacts
  • Case studies
  • Jurisdictional comparisons
  • Grey corruption

Submission Information

Submissions are made using ScholarOne Manuscripts. Registration and access are available at: ScholarOne Manuscripts (manuscriptcentral.com)

Author guidelines must be strictly followed. Please see: Journal of Criminological Research, Policy and Practice | Emerald Publishing (emeraldgrouppublishing.com)

Authors should select (from the drop-down menu) the special issue title at the appropriate step in the submission process, i.e. in response to ""Please select the issue you are submitting to".

Submitted articles must not have been previously published, nor should they be under consideration for publication anywhere else, while under review for this journal.

Key Deadlines

Opening date for submissions: 2nd September 2024

Closing date for submissions: 31st January 2025