08:55 - By Magnus Ohman
It was a great honor to be nominated at the conference in Poznan as Chair of RC 20 for another term. I hope I will not disappoint you. Part of the excitement that I believe we all stems from the fact that our field of study is relatively new and in a world that is fast changing is becoming ever more central in public opinion and the academe alike. Irrespective of early individual efforts (e.g. James Pollock Jr.), political finance emerged as a full-fledged academic subfield only with the formation of the International Study Group on Political Finance in the 1960’s. The systematic study of political corruption (again, notwithstanding such thinkers as Edmund Burke) became a field of academic study even later, once it became understood that corruption is not a childhood sickness among newly independent countries. Both sharing similar problems of sources and the difficulty of comparing very different systems, and especially the study of political corruption is a field that is still hampered by problems of definition: what is corruption in one context and time need not be so in others. We are therefore in the first floor of the elevator , and the waves of revolt against the elites and against perceived corruption that is sweeping practically all parts of the current world only magnifies the fact. This is one of the reasons we are proud of our ability to meet every year as scholars and friends, discuss our research, and share our contributions with the wider academic and public communities in the form of journal articles and edited volumes. Our next meeting will be held in Valencia, Spain, July 3-5, 2017. The meeting will be held under the auspices of our Spanish members whose efforts in producing the meeting and arranging its organizational as well as academic contents is very much appreciated.
As usual, we intend to publish as many of the papers as possible. We have so far published three volumes (based on our meetings in Ljubljana, Paris, and Aix) with Rowman and Littlefield (Lexington) press, and are right now in the process of editing a major Handbook with Elgar, London. I am encouraged that we have already several presses who are interested in projects with us and hope that we will be able to publish at least one additional volume based on our forthcoming meeting. Additional avenues are. A. Studies of Changing Societies ( http://www.scsjournal.org/) would appreciate contributions sent to the above address, or directly to its editor our friend and RC member, Olga Guzhva. Her address is firstname.lastname@example.org B. the online journal Eunomia publishes in Spanish OR English, with focus on public morals and corruption. Please send contributions to its editor, our own Fernando Jimenez at email@example.com . C. Revista Latinoamericana de Política Comparada is dedicated to comparative politics and has a special interest in both political finance and corruption papers, in English OR Spanish. Please send any communications to the editor, Sebastian mantilla, at firstname.lastname@example.org..
I would like to end with special thanks to our site manager, Magnus Ohman. We join his effort to make the RC site a ‘meeting point ‘for ideas , announcements , and anything you would like to share. The program of the meeting in Valencia will be on before the meeting. Please send any communications to Magnus at email@example.com. This is also an invitation to send him your own papers (because of copyright issues, only such that had been already published or offered in Poznan ) and any news that could interest us all. This is an hitherto underexploited resource and we should use it.
I look forward to hearing from you. Jonathan Mendilow, Chair, RC 20