Fulbright Teaching Scholar to Speak at Lyceum Series

A Lyceum Series event, “Contemporary Anti-Corruption Policy; A Russian Academic Perspective,”

will be held Tuesday, October 20 from 12:30 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. on the Alexandria Campus in the Bisdorf Building, Room AA-196. Dr. Maksim Mokeev will be the guest speaker.

NOVA’s Loudoun Campus is hosting Mokeev, who is a Fulbright Teaching Scholar with expertise in current Russian local administrative authority and corruption within the Russian state. He is from the Stolypin Volga Region Institute of Administration, Saratov, Russian Federation.

Event Overview: 

In contemporary Russia, anti-corruption policy gradually goes beyond the maintenance of the rule of law in the public sector and becomes one of the key factors of the socio-economic development, national security, a prerequisite for economic growth and improvement of the quality of life of the population.

However, being a relatively new area of governmental activity, the implementation of contemporary mechanisms for combating corruption in public authorities and local government is facing some difficulties in organization and lawmaking issues.

The necessity of development of mechanisms of fighting corruption has been emphasized by the Russian government as one of the six objectives of the public administration reform. Indeed, corruption has become an issue of major political and economic significance in recent years and the need to take measures against it has become obvious.

Development of anti-corruption programs for central and regional executive authorities and the introduction of anti-corruption expertise to draft laws and legislation were the priorities of the public administration reform in Russia for 2007 to 2010.

Nowadays, fighting corruption is more preventative than a struggle. Yet, effective use of anti-corruption instruments is only possible if the anti-corruption standards become a kind of culture of thinking and acting of public authorities, business and citizens.

The ability of corruption to mimic, the appearance of new forms and types of corrupt transactions including international integration and development of the network interactions, the expansion of the boundaries and the extent of corruption stipulate the necessity of international research integration in the exploration and development of effective anti-corruption instruments.

Currently, the implementation of anti-corruption policies does not pay sufficient attention to understanding the social nature of corrupt transactions. In this regard, complex research on the determinants of emergence and development of corruption relations in all forms of interaction in society, the extent of their roots becomes urgent.

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