Collusion between politicians and journalists in the context of wiretapping of journalists

Type: · Author(s): Andrej Školkay · Published:
This case study reports about the collusion scandal behind the widespread wiretapping operations of various journalists. The report, however, focuses mainly on one part of the affair, namely the clear collusion between a journalist from the daily Pravda, and a top politician – a Member of Parliament, whose conversations were also recorded. MP Robert Kaliňák […] Read More

Can a “Lone wolf” quasi-investigative journalist substitute low functionality of the law enforcement system?

Type: · Author(s): Andrej Školkay · Published:
The present article analyzes a relatively unusual case, in which a quasi-investigative journalist, working in an entirely independent capacity, succeeded in uncovering and foiling an international money laundering attempt. This extremely significant story reveals the existence of a complex legal framework for tackling money-laundering operations in the EU. In this particular instance, local police and […] Read More

Ideology, Party Systems and Corruption Voting in European Democracies

Type: · Author(s): Nicholas Charron, Andreas Bågenholm · Published:
What is the impact of corruption on citizens’ voting behavior? There is a growing literature on an increasingly ubiquitous puzzle in many democratic countries: that corrupt officials continue to be re-elected by voters. In this study we address this issue with a novel theory and newly collected original survey data for 24 European countries. The […] Read More

The EU’s Rule of Law Promotion in Central and Eastern Europe: Where and Why Does it Fail, and What Can be Done About It?

Type: · Author(s): Martin Mendelski · Published:
This policy paper identifies two key dilemmas of the EU's rule of law promotion: 1. The problem of supporting unaccountable reformers in a partisan way (ownership dilemma); 2. The problem of valuing quantity over quality (change vs. stability dilemma). It is argued that these dilemmas reinforce legal pathologies which undermine the rule of law in Central and Eastern Europe. The paper offers two unconventional policy recommendations to enhance the quality of rule of law reform and assessment. Read More

Learning from Virtuous Circles

Type: · Author(s): Alina Mungiu-Pippidi · Published:
Once of interest mainly to specialists, the problem of explaining how institutions change is now a primary concern not only of economists, but of the international donor community as well. Many have come to believe that political institutions are decisive in shaping economic institutions and, with them, the course of innovation and investment that leads […] Read More

Volume 3: Government Favouritism in Europe

Type: · Author(s): Alina Mungiu-Pippidi (editor). Contributions by Muhittin Acar, Elizabeth Dávid-Barrett, Valentina Dimulescu, Madalina Doroftei, Ugur Emek, Mihály Fazekas, Stefan Karaboev, Péter András Lukács, Roberto Martínez B. Kukutschka, Alina Mungiu-Pippidi, Munir Podumljak, Salvatore Sberna, Ruslan Stefanov, István János Tóth, Alberto Vannucci, Andrew Wilson, Todor Yalamov · Published:
This volume reunites the fieldwork of 2014-2015 in the ANTICORRP project. It is entirely based on objective indicators and offers both quantitative and qualitative assessments of the linkage between political corruption and organised crime using statistics on spending, procurement contract data and judicial data. The methodology used in the analysis of particularism of public resource distribution is applicable to […] Read More

Elites, Institutions, and the Quality of Government

Type: · Author(s): Carl Dahlström and Lena Wängnerud (editors). Contributions by Mattias Agerberg, Andreas Bågenholm, Nicholas Charron, Agnes Cornell, Stefan Dahlberg, Carl Dahlström, Michelle D'Arcy, Marcia Grimes, Sören Holmberg, Philip Keefer, Spyros Kosmidis, Victor Lapuente, Ulrika Möller, Petrus Olander, Anna Persson, Leonid Polishchuk, Susan Rose-Ackerman, Bo Rothstein, Isabell Schierenbeck, Martin Sjöstedt, Helena Olofsdotter Stensöta, Anders Sundell, Georgiy Syunyaev, Ann Towns, Lena Wängnerud and Georgios Xezonakis · Published:
Elite politicians, bureaucrats and businessmen hold the fortunes of societies in their hands not only because of their direct influence on politics, administration and economy but also since their behavior indirectly signals how things are done. How are elites persuaded not to use their privileged position to enrich themselves at the expense of the society […] Read More

The Quest for Good Governance. How Societies Develop Control of Corruption

Type: · Author(s): Alina Mungiu-Pippidi · Published:
Why do some societies manage to control corruption so that it manifests itself only occasionally, while other societies remain systemically corrupt? This book is about how societies reach that point when integrity becomes the norm and corruption the exception in regard to how public affairs are run and public resources are allocated. It primarily asks […] Read More

Routledge Handbook of Political Corruption

Type: · Author(s): Paul M. Heywood (ed.) · Published:
Since the early 1990s, a series of major scandals in both the financial and most especially the political world has resulted in close attention being paid to the issue of corruption and its links to political legitimacy and stability. Indeed, in many countries – in both the developed as well as the developing world – […] Read More

Indignation or Resignation: The Implications of Transparency for Societal Accountability

Type: · Author(s): Monika Bauhr, Marcia Grimes · Published:
International organizations, policy experts, and nongovernmental organizations promote greater governmental transparency as a crucial reform to enhance accountability and curb corruption. Transparency is predicted to deter corruption in part by expanding the possibilities for public or societal accountability, that is, for citizens and citizen associations to monitor, scrutinize, and act to hold public office holders […] Read More