I International congress on political corruption in modern and contemporary Spain (19th to 21st centuries)
A coproduction of El Born Centre de Memòria i Cultura, Parliamentarism History Group, la Diputació de Barcelona and l'Institut de Ciències Polítiques i Socials. El Born Centre de Memòria i Cultura has assigned this international congress on political corruption in modern and contemporary Spain (19th to 21st centuries) to Parliamentarism History Group (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona), which has in recent years been working on this topic from innovative and transnational perspectives. The organization is also formed by Diputació de Barcelona and l'Institut de Ciències Polítiques i Socials.
These investigations, and the congress itself, are included in the activities of the network International Scientific Coordination Network (GDRI) Politics & Corruption, which is composed by French, German, Romanian and Spanish scholars, among others.
The Congress is seeking to analyse political corruption through different scientific disciplines and beyond present-day and institutional politics. The history of corruption is a topical subject right now, with constant scandals setting the political agenda and filling the pages of newspapers. But such scourges of our society are not new malpractices. They are rooted far back in time. For instance, during early liberalism and the implementation of parliamentary assemblies, such conducts acquired new meanings. In the late eighteenth and early nineteenth century, major social, cultural and political changes redefined the public and private spheres, and the principles and ideas of virtue and political correctness.
We believe that political corruption should be analysed from a broad chronological and territorial perspective, i.e. by taking a careful look at the changes in the meaning of corruption from a standpoint that integrates not only the attitude of corrupt people, but also the often forgotten history of their strategies. This includes the changing and not always clear boundaries of malpractices, and the emergence of public and critical consciousness of such behaviours. In other words, we encourage a revision of both old and new forms of modern political corruption in an inclusive scientific environment. This field is therefore open to examination from diverse disciplines and is suitable for the comparison of different international realities in order to examine the nature and singularity of each case.