Dr. Joseph Pozsgai is Program-Specific Assistant Professor at the Center for Southeast Asian Studies of Kyoto University (Japan). For the past decade he has been involved in policy research and practice, focusing on corruption tolerance and the political characteristics of national anti-corruption reforms. Currently, Dr. Pozsgai is engaged in the development of the Daily Corruption: News Feed & Data Base project (http://dailycorruption.info) in partnership with various NGOs in Latin America, as well as related research activities.
June 2018 – Present
Research activities on corruption and institutions in Asia-Pacific and Latin America.
November 2018 – January 2019
Research project: “The Social Origin of Corruption”.
May 2017 – May 2018
Coordination with partner universities in Latin America for the implementation of the Trans-Pacific Human Capital Development Program. This Program is part of the Inter-University Exchange Project for achieving a global education and contributing toward global peace, supported by the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology of Japan.
September 2016 - Present
Created the Daily Corruption: News Feed & Database project, which aims to provide daily, readily processed, and immediately available qualitative and quantitative data on a number of variables concerning ongoing corruption cases, based on the daily input of data logs of events as communicated by the main media outlets of the countries covered.
April 2016 – March 2017
Research divided in two lines of inquiry:
- The political characteristics of international anti-corruption commissions in Central America’s Northern Triangle.
- The design and implementation of an international qualitative and quantitative database of corruption and anti-corruption news, later known as the Daily Corruption Project.
January 2010 – March 2010
- Produced the Executive Report on the Monitoring and Evaluation of the National Anti-Corruption
- Produced the Annual Report on the Progress of Implementation of Measures against Corruption.
May 2009 – December 2009
- Supported the production of the Guidelines for the Reporting on Requests of Access to Information
(RM 301-2009-PCM) and the Guidelines for the Implementation of the Standard Website of
Transparency in Public Agencies (DS 063-2010-PCM).
- Supported the training of public servants on the areas of public ethics, transparency, access to public information, and citizen monitoring.
April 2013 – March 2016
Doctoral Program in International Public Policy.
Dissertation title: “Anti-Corruption Demands and Government’s Defense: The Case of Peru, 2000-2014“.
April 2011 – March 2013
Masters Program in International Area Studies.
Thesis title: “Citizens’ Corruption Tolerance in Peru: A Behavioral Approach“.
March 2003 – May 2008
Political institutions, Latin American politics, law, political analysis, research methodology, etc.
- Pozsgai-Alvarez, Joseph. 2020. “The abuse of entrusted power for private gain: meaning, nature and theoretical evolution,” Crime, Law and Social Change. DOI: 10.1007/s10611-020-09903-4
- Pozsgai-Alvarez, Joseph. 2018. “The Political Cycle of Fighting Corruption: Peru’s Experience with a First National Anti-Corruption Commission,” Stability: International Journal of Security & Development, Vol. 7, No. 1, pp. 1-19. DOI: 10.5334/sta.600.
- Pozsgai, Joseph. 2017. “La corrupción como estrés sobre el sistema político: cuatro escenarios que explican las estrategias de defensa del statu quo,” Revista de Ciencia Política y Gobierno, Vol. 4, No. 8, pp. 83-110. DOI: 10.18800/rcpg.201702.004.
- Pozsgai, Joseph. 2017. “A Systems Model on Corruption and Anti-Corruption Reform: International, Domestic Pressure, and Government Strategies to Preserve the Status Quo,” Air & Space Power Journal–Africa & Francophonie, Vol. 8, No. 3, pp. 40-55. DOI: 10.6084/m9.figshare.12355556.
- Pozsgai Alvarez, Joseph. 2017. “Putting Out the Fire of Anti-Corruption Demands: The Symbolic Adoption of a National Anti-Corruption Office in Peru, 2007-2008,” European Quarterly of Political Attitudes and Mentalities, Vol. 6, No. 3, pp. 15-32. DOI: 10.6084/m9.figshare.12355544.
- Pozsgai Alvarez, Joseph. 2016. “Political Will for Anti-Corruption Reform: The Weight of Political Context in the Making of a National Anti-Corruption Plan in Peru,” Iberoamericana, Vol. 38, No. 1, pp. 63-84. DOI: 10.6084/m9.figshare.12355547.
- Pozsgai Alvarez, Joseph. 2015. “Low-Level Corruption Tolerance: An ‘Action-Based’ Approach for Peru and Latin America,” Journal of Politics in Latin America, Vol. 7, No. 2, pp. 99-129. DOI: 10.1177/1866802X1500700204.
- Pozsgai Alvarez, Joseph. 2014. “Operationalizing High-Level Corruption Tolerance in Peru: Attitude-Behavior Congruency and the 2006 Presidential Elections,” 筑波大学地域研究 (Area Studies Tsukuba), No. 35, pp. 183-206. DOI: 10.6084/m9.figshare.12355550.
- Pozsgai-Alvarez, Joseph and Cevallos, Fernando. 2020. “Challenges for Compliance and Integrity Management in Latin America,” in Handbuch Compliance-Management: Konzeptionelle Grundlagen, praktische Erfolgsfaktoren, globale Herausforderungen (3rd edition), pp. 1335-1353, by Josef Wieland, Roland Steinmeyer and Stephan Grüninger (eds.). Berlin: Erich Schmidt Verlag. ISBN 978-3-503-18784-3.
- Pozsgai-Alvarez, Joseph. 2019. “El ciclo político de la lucha contra la corrupción: La experiencia del Perú con su primera Comisión Nacional Anticorrupción,” Derecho & Sociedad, No. 52, pp. 81-96. DOI: 10.6084/m9.figshare.12355553.
- Pozsgai-Alvarez, Joseph. 2018. “Telling corrupt actors to be less corrupt doesn’t help anyone” The FCPA Blog, August 13, 2018.
- Pozsgai-Alvarez, Joseph. 2018. “Do ethics programs create corruption?” The FCPA Blog, May 23, 2018.
- Pozsgai-Alvarez, Joseph. 2018. “The Quest for a Unified Theory of Corruption,” The FCPA Blog, January 11, 2018.
- Pozsgai Alvarez, Joseph. 2017. “How to Think Politically About Anti-Corruption: A Crash Course,” New Vision, May 17, 2017.
- Pozsgai Alvarez, Joseph. 2016. “Low-Level Corruption Tolerance: Concept and Operationalization,” Panoramas, February 15, 2016.
- Pozsgai-Alvarez, Joseph. “The Abuse of Entrusted Power for Private Gain: Meaning, Nature and Theoretical Evolution.” Presentation at the General Conference of the European Consortium for Political Research (ECPR) held at the University of Wrocław, Poland, September 4-7, 2019.
- Pozsgai-Alvarez, Joseph. “Sociopolitical norms, awareness and responses to incentives.” Presentation at the “4th Interdisciplinary Corruption Research Forum” held by the Interdisciplinary Corruption Research Network at the National University of Kyiv-Mohyla Academy, Ukraine, June 13-14, 2019.
- Pozsgai-Alvarez, Joseph. “Population Density and Corruption Tolerance in Latin America.” Presentation at the “International Workshop on Data-Intensive Urban Studies” held by the Center for Southeast Asian Studies (CSEAS) of Kyoto University, March 2, 2019.
- Pozsgai-Alvarez, Joseph. “Corruption as a Process of Political and Social Cognition.” Colloquium at the Center for Experimental Research in Social Sciences (CERSS) of Hokkaido University, December 20, 2018.
- Pozsgai-Alvarez, Joseph. “Corruption as a Process of Political and Social Cognition.” Seminar at the Graduate School of International Development (GSID) of Nagoya University, December 4, 2018.
- Yusuke Murakami & Joseph Pozsgai. “Valores democráticos en el Perú” (“Democratic Values in Peru”). Presentation at the “8th International Conference of the Latin American Studies Council of Asia and Oceania (CELAO)” in Macau, November 10, 2018.
- Pozsgai-Alvarez, Joseph. “The Quest for a Unified Theory of Corruption.” Presentation at the Seminar “Cross-regional Comparative Studies and Informatics in Asia Pacific Era” held by the Center for Southeast Asian Studies (CSEAS) of Kyoto University, March 18, 2018.
- European Consortium for Political Research’s (ECPR) (Anti-)Corruption and Integrity. Member of the Steering Committee since September 2019.
- European Consortium for Political Research’s (ECPR) Political Culture Research Network. Regular member since April 2018.
- Japan Association for Latin American Studies. Regular member since October 2014.