Zoltán Szántó

Corvinus University of Budapest, Hungary (BCE)
Zoltán Szántó

Zoltán Szántó (Ph.D. Hungarian Academy of Sciences, Budapest) is Professor of economic sociology at Corvinus University of Budapest. He currently serves as the vice rector of the university, the director of the Institute of Sociology and Social Policy and cofounder of its Corruption Research Center. His main areas of interest are social theory and economic sociology. He has written books and articles on the problems of analytical social theory, such as rationality, micro-macro mechanisms, and interdisciplinarity. His empirical studies of privatization, local labor market, economic organization, financial culture, corruption and tax evasion have often focused on social capital, networks, trust and culture. His recent publications include ― The social and institutional structure of corruption, In: Vedres B, Scotti M (eds.) Networks in social policy problems. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2012. pp. 156-176 (co-authored by István János Tóth and Szabolcs Varga) and ― Local government corruption in Hungary, In: Dallago B, Guglielmetti C (eds.) Local economies and global competitiveness. Basingstoke: Palgrave MacMillan, 2011. pp. 134-153 (co-authored by István János Tóth and Tünde Cserpes). He has co-authored the volume on Corruption Risks in the Business Sector. National Integrity System Country Study (Part Two) published by Transparency International Hungary (Budapest: 2008). He is presently exploring the social and institutional embeddedness of typical corruption cases and the changes in the financial culture in Hungary. He is the member of the Academic Committee of the Erasmus Mundus Joint European Master in Comparative Local Development (coordinated by Corvinus University of Budapest).