Centre for Experimental Social Sciences - CESS
Universidad de Santiago de Chile - USACH
Nuffield College, University of Oxford

2019 Oxford-USACH Conference on
Corruption and Electoral Manipulation
Santiago, 24th July


Deadline: 23rd June

The Centre for Experimental Social Sciences (CESS) at Universidad de Santiago de Chile (USACH), together with the Nuffield Centre for Experimental Social Sciences at the University of Oxford, are pleased to announce the First Conference on Corruption and Electoral Manipulation at University of Santiago in, Chile. The conference will take place on Wednesday, 24th July, 2019 in Santiago, Chile.

Governments have set up different institutional and legal arrangements to deter corruption from appointed and elected officers. However, these mechanisms, whether informal or formal, may not be enough to deter politicians or and civil servant from extracting rents. Furthermore, evidence shows that governments, candidates, and third parties actively seek to interfere with elections, undermining their integrity.

We have also witnessed that corporations and small businesses have engaged in corruption schemes such as bribes, money laundering, and collusion to gain a larger share of the market. These practices erode trust in the market and its institutions, and they also have a negative impact on the political system.

In this conference, we aim to attract a cohesive set of empirical and theoretical papers that study corruption in the private and public sector, as well as exploring how governments, candidates, and third parties engage on electoral fraud. We invite researchers from all the social sciences to submit their abstract. Along with presenting full papers, we also invite researchers to submit their pre-analysis plans or early drafts, so they can receive feedback on their research design prior to or during their fieldwork or analysis.

We have an attractive pool of confirmed keynote speakers, such Professor Raymond Duch and Dr Nelson Ruiz (Department of Politics and International Relations, Oxford University). We will be updating our website with more speakers.

We invite PhD students, early career researchers, postdoctoral, and academics with related research to present at the conference. Use the button below to submit a paper. We will inform the selected papers by 26th June. We will also have a poster session for post-graduate students. Oral presentations need to be in English. Poster presentations can be in Spanish.

» The application deadline is 23rd June 2019.

» There is no registration fee for this conference.

» This conference free and open to all, with entry on a first come, first served basis. If you want to attend the conference, please  SIGN UP HERE!

» Conference participants are responsible for their own accommodation in Santiago. We will announce preferential rates with the hotels soon.

» For more information email us at ftraposo@kcl.ac.uk.

The convenors of this conference are Professor Raymond Duch from the University of Oxford and Felipe Torres Raposo from King's College London.

Speakers from Oxford

Raymond Duch

Raymond Duch is an Official Fellow at Nuffield College, University of Oxford, and the Director of the Nuffield Centre for Experimental Social Sciences (CESS), which currently has centres in Oxford, Santiago (Chile) and Pune (India). Prior to assuming these positions he was the Senator Don Henderson Scholar in Political Science at the University of Houston. He is currently the Long Term Visiting Professor at the Institute for Advanced Studies, Toulouse School of Economics, a Director of the European Political Science Association, and Vice-President of the Midwest Political Science Association. He is a member of the UK Cabinet Office Cross-Whitehall Trial Advice Panel to offer Whitehall departments technical support in designing and implementing controlled experiments to assess policy effectiveness.

Professor Duch’s research focuses on responsibility attribution, incorporating elements of theory, experiments and analysis of public opinion. In 2008 he published an award-winning book, The Economic Vote, that demonstrates that citizens hold political parties accountable for economic outcomes. His experiments have identified the information shortcuts that individuals deploy for responsibility attribution. More recently, Professor Duch has conducted experimental research into cheating, exploring its implications for tax compliance, corruption and economic performance. Professor Duch has conducted lab, field and online experiments throughout the world He lectures and also publishes on experimental methods. His research appears in the leading political science and economic journals. He is the founder of Behavioural Analytics that advises public and private clients.

Nelson Ruiz

Nelson Ruiz is a Lecturer in Comparative Politics at University of Oxford Department of Politics and International Relations in 2018. He is also an Associate Member at Nuffield College. He completed his PhD at London School of Economics, and previously was a post-doctoral researcher at ETH-Zurich Public Policy Group (Chair: Dominik Hangartner), a fellow at Harvard-IQSS and part of the Visiting Scholars Program at NYU-Politics department. Before academia he used to work at the Inter-American Development Bank as a research fellow evaluating development projects in the field across Latin-America.

His research interests are in the political economy of development. Nelson uses quasi-experimental designs, to study the role of politicians and political institutions in economic development. He has studied how political representation of political minorities can lead to conflict, how vote buying can affect corruption, and how electoral systems can affect who runs for office. Lately he has been interested in studying the role of campaign finance contributions on politician selection, and distortions on public procurement.