Roundtable and Public Forum on Corruption featuring (clockwise from upper left) Frank Anechiarico, Maynard-Knox Professor of Government and Law, Hamilton College; Blair Horner, Executive Director, New York Public Interest Research Group; Zephyr Teachout, Associate Professor of Law, Fordham University, and Jimmy Vielkind, POLITICO, New York's Albany Bureau Chief.
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"...a museum that would not only detail Albany's many political scandals but also offer some possible solutions to corruption."
The Museum of Political Corruption is dedicated to elevating the public’s understanding of corruption and encouraging solutions that promote ethics reform and honest government. When built, a state-of-the-art facility, to be located in downtown Albany, will serve as a cutting-edge educational resource as well as an engaging gathering place. It will also serve as a cultural landmark representing the region’s leadership in ethical governance. Immersive and interactive displays along with panel discussions, film screenings, and a host of timely rotating exhibits will offer a deeper understanding of corruption and its impact on society.
Chartered in 2015, the Museum of Political Corruption has been featured in the New Yorker Magazine, USA Today, Associated Press, The Huffington Post and on NPR’s All Things Considered.
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Course Description: What is corruption, and what are some useful frameworks for thinking about the practice? Over the course of a two-hour session, we will explore these and related questions. Participants will be encouraged to think of corruption as a pathology that reduces government legitimacy, affects the quality of public service delivery, and biases policy decisions in favor of special interests. Ultimately, the goal of this course is to offer a grounded sense of the potential that exists for advancement. Good governance is possible.
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A corruption walking tour of downtown Albany starts here!
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The Museum of Political Corruption opened its exhibition, “First Responders for Democracy,” on Sunday, February 16th. The exhibition reflects on how ordinary citizens have done extraordinary things to preserve democracy. “First Responders for Democracy” will run through the fall of 2020 at the Albany Firefighters Museum, 384 Broadway in downtown Albany.
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About the Instructor: Paul Lagunes is an Associate Professor at Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs. His research on the political economy of development examines the issue of corruption, especially as it affects subnational governments in the Americas. Lagunes serves as a voting member of Evidence in Governance and Politics (EGAP), the Center for the Advancement of Public Integrity (CAPI), and the Museum of Political Corruption (MPC). He has also served as an advisor on the Coalition for Integrity’s State Anti-Corruption Index Project and on the Brookings Institute’s Study on Transparency and Integrity in the Natural Resource Sector.
Filled with tales of speakeasies, gangsters, bootleggers, kickbacks, shady quid pro quo's, plots to bribe legislators and more, our Walking Tour Map of downtown Albany, entitled "FOUR CENTURIES OF ALBANY POLITICAL CORRUPTION AND REFORM" offers visitors a fascinating glimpse of the city's colorful past (and present). Physical copies of the map will soon be placed at tourist destinations and we look forward at the appropriate time (given the COVID-19 epidemic) to to formally launch this tour with a group walk (hopefully later in the summer). This map, developed by local historian and author Don Rittner, is available free for download here.
AUDIO TOUR: a companion audio tour is now available containing even more juicy stories from Albany's history! Listen to it here.
Enjoy, walk around historic Albany and stay safe!
REFLECTIONS ON ETHICAL
President Jimmy Carter's Message to
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The Museum of Political Corruption, as part of its Reflections on Ethical Leadership, is collecting quotes from leaders and role models around the country in government, sports, business, education, the arts and religion. This is a quote we received from former President Carter. He writes it in his own hand and addresses it directly to Bruce Roter, MPC Founder and President:
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While The Museum of Political Corruption does not investigate corruption, we want all citizens to feel that they can make a difference. If you suspect corruption is happening, we encourage you to share your concerns with your state Attorney General’s Office (in New York: https://ag.ny.gov/bureau/public-integrity-bureau) or an appropriate ethics watchdog organization (for NY, it would be the New York State Joint Commission on Public Ethics at https://jcopeny.gov/contact-us).
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