Last month, I had the pleasure to meet again with Shaazka Beyerle, Senior Advisor at the International Center on Nonviolent Conflict, during her visit to Washington. Sina and I first met Beyerle in Doha and were impressed by her research on civic campaigns to fight corruption; I had the chance to speak with her by phone in December and was happy to continue our conversation in person in February. Having examined a multitude of non-violent grassroots campaigns against corruption around the world for her own research (for those interested, here is the link to her research description), Beyerle shared with me not only numerous interesting cases for CommGAP to look into in our research, but also her observations about the factors that contribute to the success of civic efforts to fight corruption.
Like Silvio Waisbord (see previous post), I was also at the International Studies Association Conference in New Orleans. One of the sessions I attended, “Institututionalisation and Norms in Global Governance”, spoke to CommGAP’s interest in how global standards emerge and spread. How do norms wend their way to the top of the global policy and decision agendas and get embedded in the policy regimes of various countries? It’s a massive question and no single panel or conference can comprehensively explore its multiple dimensions. This panel, however, did a good job at pointing toward some promising directions.