Three different data sources support similar explanation of why some countries perform better and others worse in controlling corruption

Why are some national constituencies satisfied with how their states control corruption, and others not? While we are all familiar with the Transparency International Corruption Perception Index there is considerable contestation of this- and other rankings- which rate corruption at the national level. In the latest ‘milestone’ report published yesterday by the EU FP7 ANTICORRP […] Read More

Control of Corruption in Rwanda?

Interview with ANTICORRP contributor Alessandro Bozzini Last week marked 20 years since the start of the Rwandan Genocide, and many observers praise the country for the dramatic recovery it has made since 1994, especially with regard to economic development. Controlling corruption is often quoted as one of the key reasons of Rwanda’s success. According to […] Read More

Fighting Corruption, What Works and What Does Not

Speaking at OECD in Paris on 19 March 2014, at the Forum on Integrity within the Integrity Week program, ERCAS director Alina Mungiu-Pippidi shared evidence from the ANTICORRP program showing that government favoritism is structured on political lines in new democracies and bribe is frequently a way to open markets as multinational companies try to compete with domestic, politically connected companies. Read More

Corruption Indicators, the Next Generation

EU FP7 ANTICORRP project researchers, anti-corruption experts and Executive Master’s Students gathered at Berlin’s Hertie School from 6-7 March for a workshop to discuss the continued development of second generation indicators. Read More

EU Funds Curse? New evidence on the reciprocal impact between EU funds and corruption in CEE

Using a new quantitative indicator, this European paper finds EU Structural and Cohesion Funds impact grand corruption in Central and Eastern Europe in two ways. One, by increasing the amount of money available for rent-extraction and two, by failing to provide monitoring mechanisms to reduce corruption. As much as 1/3 of EU funds given to public projects in the Czech Republic, Hungary and Slovakia are disbursed in irregular, obscure ways, tending to favour certain companies. The authors give several policy recommendations to help the EU protect its investments and ensure procurement processes are transparent and competitive. Read More

Corruption and Political Power from a Comparative Area Perspective

Three ANTICORRP researchers participated at the comparative politics section of the German Association of Political Science. In this post Dr. Christian von Soest and Thomas Richter share their thoughts on the interesting papers presented on "Corruption and Political Power from a Comparative Area Perspective". Read More

Who is Succeeding and Why?

ANTICORRP researchers gather in Hamburg to discuss corruption indicators and compare contemporary anti-corruption achievements in a number of countries. Read More