University of Maryland   Eric M. Uslaner
  Professor of Government and Politics

New page on corruption research!

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White Sox
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Visit my papers
page for work on 
trust and inequality, 
a new paper on
why American Jews
remain loyal to the
Democratic party,
and my page on
corruption and quality
of governance with 
 chapters of my new book 
from Cambridge University 
Press, Corruption, 
Inequality, and the Rule of Law:
The Bulging Pocket Makes the
Easy Life.
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See my article 
with Bo Rothstein of 
Goteborg University, 
Equality, Corruption, 
and Social Trust,"  as
published in 
58 (October 2005)
The Chinese Edition of The 
Moral Foundations of Trust
is a hot item at a bookstore
in Chongqing, China; 
the Chinese edition was named
"Excellent Imported Book of 
Social Science"   by the 
Chinese Association of Publishers, 
2008; listed as a Modern Classic 
of Humanities by Fudan University 
and the Shanghai Academy 
of Social Sciences, 2008.


  • Uslaner's new book, Corruption, Inequality and the Rule of Law: The Bulging Pocket Makes the Easy Life, was pubished by Cambridge University Press in 2008, or  order it from A Chinese translation from China Social Sciences Press is forthcoming in 2011.  See details on the new corruption web page.  


  • Uslaner is currently working on a book on Diversity, Segregation, Trust, and Altruism.  He argues that diversity does not drive down trust, but rather it is residential segregation that drives down trust.  See his new page on diversity and segregation for papers, PowerPoints, and the essential argument.


  • Uslaner teaches courses in American politics (especially on Congress and Congressional elections), social capital, and institutional design.


  • He also has lectured in Saudi Arabia, Bangladesh, Slovenia, Portugal, the Maldives, Sri Lanka, and Nepal on corruption and the 2006 and 2008 elections.  See one of his presentations on the 2008 elections, courtesy of Professor Luka Juri of the University of Primorska (Slovenia) here


Uslaner is frequently quoted in the press (see the summary of his work on trust in the Washington Post's "Unconventional Wisdom" column on June 27, 1999 and the earlier Post story on trust in January, 1996). He talked about trust in other people on the "Chip Franklin Show" on WMAL radio, the ABC-owned newstalk station in Washington, D.C., on June 28, 1999. To listen to the radio interview using Real Player, click here.   He also discussed The Moral Foundations of Trust on NPR's program On Point with Tom Ashbrook (produced by WBUR Boston) on December 30, 2002.  Click here to listen to the program.

KEYNOTE SPEECHES: Uslaner has spoken widely about his work, giving keynote speeches at the Conference on "Trust in the Knowledge Society" at the University of Jyvaskyla (Finland) in September, 2002; at the International Conference on Social Capital of the Economic and Research Institute of the Cabinet Office, Government of Japan, Tokyo, March 2003; at  at the Conference on Achieving Global Equity: The Challenges Facing Universities, Governments and Business," University of Plymouth (United Kingdom), sponsored by INRUDA (International Network in the Role of Universities in Developing Areas), the Royal Society for the Encouragement of Arts and Management, the Policy Studies Organization, and the International Social Development Unit (University of Calgary), July 17, 2006;  at the  Conference, "Understanding Diversity: Mapping and Measuring," Fondazione Eni Enrico Mattei, Italy, supported by Marie Curie Series of Conferences, EURODIV - Cultural Diversity in Europe: a Series of Conferences, Milan, Italy, January 26-27, 2006; at the Conference on "Tax Evasion, Trust, and State Capacities," St. Gallen University, St. Gallen, Switzerland, October 17-19, 2003; and at the Conference on Trust in Multicultural Cities, Fifth ENGIME (Economic Growth and Innovation in Multicultural Environments) Workshop, Athens University of Economics and Business, Athens, Greece, January 19-20, 2004; and at the symposium on "Democracy and Social Capital: A Czech-American Dialogue," at the Woodrow Wilson Center, United States Embassy, Prague, Czech Republic, sponsored by the Czech Fulbright Commission, the United States Embassy (Prague), and the Institute of Political Science, Charles University (Prague), May 2006; as the Joe and Paulette Rose Annual Lecture in Politics, Ben Gurion University of the Negev, Israel, January, 2007; at the Conference on "Social Capital: Building Bridges Between the Social Sciences," University of Aarhus (Denmark), April, 2007; at the Workshop on Social Capital and Transition to Democracy in Eastern Europe and the Balkans at the University of Macedonia, Thessaloniki, Greece, May 2007; at the National Defense College, the Civil Service College, Khan University/Millennium Foundation, at the Conference on "Democratic Accountability and Ways to Fight Corruption" sponsored by the Bangladesh Institute of Peace and Security Studies, and as the keynote address to the Conference on "Curbing Corruption in South Asia: A Workshop for Parliamentarians" sponsored by GOPAC (the Global Organization of Parliamentarians Against Corruption) and the National Democratic Institute, all in Dhaka, Bangladesh under the sponsorship of the United States Department of State, July, 2007; and at the International Social Capital and Networks of Trust Congress, University of Jyväskylä, Finland, October, 2007.

Uslaner gave a presentation on corruption and trust at a workshop organized by Professor Lynn Sharp Paine, the John G. McLean Professor of Business Administration at Harvard Business School, at the Wharton School of Business, March 3-4, 2006.  The workshop was sponsored by the Hills Program on Governance at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, together with the World Bank, the Center for International Private Enterprise (CIPE), and the Zicklin Center for Business Ethics at Wharton.   He also presented lectures on “Trust and Economic Growth in the Knowledge Society” at the Socio-Economic Research Institute of the Government Cabinet Office (Tokyo), Government of Japan; at the Japan Productivity Center for Socio-Economic Development (Tokyo), and at Osaka University (Japan) on March 7-9, 2006.   Uslaner will also speak on “Trends in Legislative Politics and Legislative-Executive Relations” and on “The Lessons of Corruption in Central and Eastern Europe for China” at the Southwest University of Law and Political Science, Chongqing, China, May 24, 2006 and on “The Bulging Pocket and the Rule of Law,” Chinese University of Hong Kong, April 4, 2006.

Uslaner has also given talks at the University of Technology, Sydney, Australia; Australian National University; University of Melbourne (Australia); McGill University (Canada);  Babes-Bolyai University, Cluj-Napoca, Romania; the Collegium Budapest Workshop on Honesty and Trust, Budapest, Hungary (click here for pictures); Oxford University; and the University of Antwerp; the University of Haifa; the University of Zurich, Uppsala University (Sweden), Ersta Sköndal University College, Stockholm (Sweden), Goteborg University (Sweden), the University of Antwerp (Belgium), the University of Haifa (Israel), Hebrew University of Jerusalem (Israel),  Sabanci University (Istanbul, Turkey), University of Sofia (Bulgaria), University of California–San Diego, University of Missouri; and the Caux Initiatives for Business Conference for Business and Industry, Caux, Switzerland.

He has also presented papers at the United Nations University WIDER Center in Helsinki, Finland and in 2003. 2004, 2005, and 2006 he has lectured in the G-17 Institute's (now the ESPI) Summer School in Political Economics.  In 2005 he was also a Fulbright Senior Specialist at Novosobirsk State Technical University in Novosibirsk, Russia.

 Uslaner has also examined whether the Internet is the "new new thing" in either creating or destroying trust and social ties.  See a summary of his work and download his paper at the web site for the Pew Internet and American Life Project. And he is the proud husband of Debbie and even prouder father of Avery, who started college at Colorado College in the fall of 2008.  Click here to see them on their whale-watching exhibition in Australia and Avery's once favorite pasttime.

Contact Information:
Department of Government and Politics
2126E Tydings Hall
University of Maryland
College Park, MD 20742-7211
Phone: (301) 405-4151
email: euslaner AT 

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