A proposal for a research paper

In May 2016 the U.K Government will be hosting a global summit on corruption. Ahead of this event, the Association for Accountancy & Business Affairs, City University, and the Tax Justice Network, are organising a research-led workshop to explore the role of secrecy jurisdictions in providing a criminogenic interface facilitating corruption and corrupting activities, and illicit financial flows. The workshop will also explore the role of secrecy jurisdictions in corrupting the entire global financial system, and examine the role of professional ‘enablers’ in constructing and protecting the system.

Other related themes are likely to emerge as the workshop programme develops ahead of the global summit.

Researchers wanting to participate in the workshop are invited to submit an abstract of no more than 300 words by 22nd January 2016. All submissions will be considered by the organising committee.

This workshop will bring together researchers, academics, journalists, policy staff of civil society organisations, activists, consultants and professionals, elected politicians and/or their researchers, and government or international organisation officials.

The purpose of the workshop is to facilitate research on corruption and the role of tax havens through open-minded debate and discussion,

Admittedly, this does depend quite a bit on what their definition of “open minded” is.

So, the research would be to review the claims of how much tax was being lost to people having undeclared Swiss bank accounts with specific reference to the UK. Particular note would be taken of the predictions of The Murph, Tax Justice Network, Sol Piciotto and others in their forecasts of how much was at stake.

This would then be compared with the actual yield from the policy they themselves proposed, that Swiss Bank Disclosure deal.

Amusement might be found in the difference between the claims and the reality.

11 thoughts on “A proposal for a research paper”

  1. “to explore the role of secrecy jurisdictions in providing a criminogenic interface facilitating corruption and corrupting activities, and illicit financial flows”

    “explore the role of secrecy jurisdictions in corrupting the entire global financial system,”

    Seems to me their definition of ‘open-minded’ is pretty clear: “Open to anything that supports our conclusion”

  2. “In May 2016 the U.K Government will be hosting a global summit on corruption”

    They should know all about it.

  3. ‘This workshop will bring together researchers, academics, journalists, policy staff of civil society organisations, activists, consultants and professionals, elected politicians and/or their researchers, and government or international organisation officials.’

    At least it should make identifying candidates for real life testing of a multi person gallows or ‘extraordinary rendition’ to ISIS controlled territory a relatively straightforward task I suppose…..

  4. Day one of the conference will be to determine what ‘a research-led workshop to explore the role of secrecy jurisdictions in providing a criminogenic interface facilitating corruption and corrupting activities, and illicit financial flows’ means.

  5. It clearly means something like “give us lots more money”.

    I’ve been reading the abstracts of quite a few dodgy academic papers and they all seem to collapse to that phrase. There may be some scientifically interesting peripheral phrases but that is clearly the core one.

  6. Copied from a sadly departed Genius – as the peerless Surreptitious Evil points out, what are these pseudo-academics and peddlers of academic flotsam but more modern versions of Dr Ron Hardware?

    ‘This is yet another reason why it should not be left to a child’s parents or family to confirm her or him in a proper anti-racist attitude. The school age should be lowered to within a few weeks or even a few days of birth. Scientists, notably the dedicated team headed by Dr Ron Hardware at Nerdley University, are already working on methods of inculcating anti-racism even before birth, so that children are already confirmed in anti-racist principles by the time they are born.

    Dr Hardware admits that his experiments in this very difficult field did not all go smoothly. In one experiment, 200 pregnant women had recordings of the MacPherson report played to them incessantly as they went into labour, together with a commentary by Dame Doreen Lawrence and other eminent experts. To his surprise, Dr Hardware found that 35 per cent of these women who had been classified as suffering from “average racism” before the experiment, became “violently racist” after it, while only nine per cent, who professed to be anti-racist before the experiment, remained anti-racist afterwards. ‘

  7. Certainly seems like an exercise in hoovering up grant funds and an excuse to generate an ‘independent, professional, respectable’ report they can point to to support their position when challenged

  8. Bloke in Costa Rica

    I wonder if anyone has done a study on how unironic use of the curious young noun ‘criminogenic’ in a sentence proves to be wanting-to-rubber-hose-Murphy-in-the-kidneys-ogenic in all right-thinking people.

  9. @ BiCR
    I am grossly offended. I should choose to deal with Mr 80% Prof 20% Murphy under Queensberry rules giving him the advantage of several stone and over a decade in age as an incentive.

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