Retired from Colgate University, 2015; now active with IACA in Laxenburg, Austria. Born in a log cabin that I helped my father build; climbed Everest at the age of four (blindfolded, of course). Now living near Austin, Texas, USA, and still writing, consulting, and lecturing...

Select publications

with Alina Mungiu-Pippidi, Transitions to Good Governance (Elgar, 2017)

Corruption, Contention, and Reform: The Power of Deep Democratization (Cambridge, 2014);

Syndromes of Corruption: Wealth, Power, and Democracy (Cambridge, 2005).

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Business Integrity Country Agenda: Supplement #1 Assessment Process

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Research Toolkit: Public Integrity

  • public integrity
  • public sector
  • public agencies
  • public officials
  • public administration

Cooling off periods: Regulating the revolving door

  • revolving door
  • cooling-off periods

Overview of international standards related to separation of powers, conflicts of interest and abuse of functions by parliamentarians in national budget processes

  • budget transparency
  • conflicts of interest
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Literature review on corruption in cross-border business

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Michael Johnston


Colgate University NY

Professional Title



  • Global




Political corruption; Comparative corruption; Democratisation; Measurement and assessments

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