Corruption, the Public Service Ethos and the Common Good in Western Europe in the Nineteenth Century

Date / time: 8 June - 9 June, 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

Keynote Speakers:

Dr Ronald Kroeze, Nijmegen University, co-author of A History of Dutch Corruption and Public Morality (1648-1940) (2020), co-editor of Anti-Corruption in History: From Antiquity to the Modern Era (2017) and Corruption, Empire and Colonialism in the Modern Era: A Global Perspective (2021)

Professor Jens Ivo Engels, Darmstadt University, author of Die Geschichte der Korruption (2014), co-editor of Les coulisses du politique dans l’Europe contemporaine (3 vols, 2011-14) and History of Transparency in Politics and Society (2020)


This AHRC project has involved a series of symposia across Europe, on topics such as administrative reform, the politics of corruption, financial scandal and the transfer of ideas of good governance in the 19th century.

The final project conference is to be held 8-9 June 2023 at the University of Stirling.

All those working on the legacy of the Scottish enlightenment, the impact of evangelicalism on public life in modern Britain, the historical background to modern ethics and professional standards, the changing definitions of ‘public’ and ‘private’ spheres of political life, radical journalism, the evolving nature of domestic and colonial administration and the international transfer of ideas of the ‘common good’ are warmly invited to submit papers for this conference, which will be fully funded by AHRC and the University of Stirling. Conference accommodation will be available free of charge on Thursday 8th June for all presenters.

Call for Papers:

Panel proposals are particularly welcomed – these should consist of no more than 3 papers on a coherent issue relevant to the conference.

Post-graduate and post-doctoral research students working on relevant topics are very welcome – it is hoped to have a post-graduate round-table to discuss relevant work.

The conference will involve those involved in anti-corruption work in the present-day, so political scientists are invited to put forward papers which may stimulate discussion on the changing nature of central concepts and their application in the contemporary world.