Virtuous Circles Conference: Lessons Learned

The final roundtable of the conference “Understanding Governance Virtuous Circles: Who Succeeds and Why” (July 8-12, 2015) organized by the Hertie School’s European Research Centre for Anti-Corruption and State-Building, ERCAS in the framework of EU FP7 ANTICORRP project, extracted the lessons learned from three days of discussions of the biggest contemporary achievers in governance reform […] Read More

Understanding Governance Virtuous Circles: Estonian Miracle

 The ANTICORRP conference “Understanding Governance  Virtuous Circles: Who Succeeds and Why” (July 8-12, 2015, organized by the Hertie School of Governance (HSoG) and the European Research Centre for Anti-Corruption and State-Building, ERCAS) got off to an intriguing start here at the European Academy Berlin. The aim of the event – with the biggest names in the international […] Read More

Corruption: Good Governance Powers Innovation

By: Alina Mungiu-Pippidi Many believe innovation can lead the way out of the present economic crisis. In Europe and the United States leaders have repeatedly referred to the importance of innovation, research and education to sustaining economic growth. Former European Commission President José Manuel Barroso said in his last state of Europe address  ”I believe many […] Read More

ANTICORRP Researchers Published in New Handbook of Political Corruption

A new volume, the Routledge Handbook of Political Corruption, has just been published and includes a number of chapters by ANTICORRP researchers.  Edited by project researcher Paul Heywood, the volume provides a comprehensive overview of the key issues involved in the analysis of corruption.  Comprising 24 chapters, all specially commissioned for the volume, by a range […] Read More

Doublethink, Russian Style

Picture the following scenario: A top Russian manager advocates for equal opportunities and, when hiring new employees, insists upon relying only on their professional competences. In this way, he has given chances to a formerly drug-addicted young man and a young woman with dwarfism. The same manager does not extend the same opportunities to homosexual […] Read More

New Perspectives on the History of Corruption and Why They Are Important

Recently, the German historian Jens Ivo Engels published Die Geschichte der Korruption. Von der Frühen Neuzeit bis ins 20.Jahrhundert (The history of corruption. From the early modern period to the 20th century). Engels is professor in early modern and modern history at Darmstadt University and has been writing about corruption for several years now. He […] Read More