In the wake of the financial crisis and the numerous instances of public malfeasance it revealed, a growing number of commentators have argued for the abolition of the privilege of immunity from prosecution enjoyed by Greek politicians. A new academic study by Karthik Reddy, Moritz Schularick, and Vasiliki Skreta provides original and systematic evidence that democracies whose politicians enjoy stronger immunity protection do, indeed, suffer from more corruption and poorer overall governance. The study’s findings are particularly important at a time when many countries in the world teeter on the brink of economic collapse because their public finances were badly mismanaged. Likewise, movements such as the Arab Spring, the Indignados, and Occupy Wall Street reveal the strong desire of younger generations, who suffer the most from unemployment and lack of opportunity, for greater transparency and accountability in government. The evidence in the study suggests that the legal institution of immunity should be re-examined in established democracies.
The Economics Revolution will be televised by Justin Wolfers explaining the new opportunities for social sciences arising from the continuous appearance of good quality economic data.
How to build you online academic profile Golden tips presented by Salma Patel
Google Scholar “Updates” – A review of the newly added feature of google sholar written by Prof. Jonathan Eisen
Recently I viewed a one hour documentary byBB3 regarding the Greek economic crisis and its effect on various social and economic groups. I believe it is trully worth watching and I would like to share it.
Stable Link for “Coming Here Soon: Greece, Bust, and Broken” – http://www.bbc.co.uk/i/b01kbz15/
For NON-UK residents the documentary is available in 4 parts via youtube:
A new Ugandan transparency initiative was launched last Thursday, enabling students to report corrupt practices by academic institutions and their members.
The site https://www.notinmycountry.org/ securely receives the corruption reports and then ranks professors and institutions based on the frequency negative (corruption oriented) performance.
Uganda was ranked 143/183 in the 2012 Transparency international perception index of corruption with a transparency score of 2.4/10, indicating large-scale corruption being present.
For more information on the transparency initiative:
A really interesting article by Arvind Subramanian published in Financial Time: http://www.ft.com/cms/s/0/4bdda8a0-9dad-11e1-9a9e-00144feabdc0.html#axzz1uw62w3tz
Freedom of Information Requests: How Many, When, Where, by The Guardian’s Datablog
Catastroika, a new documentary by Aris Chatzistefanou regarding the trend of privatization and its effects
Why Greece should exit the Euro, by Joseph Ward