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

Religion and attitudes towards corruption in India: a collective action problem?

Type: · Author(s): Dr Heather Marquette, Professor Vinod Pavarala & Dr Kanchan K Malik · Published:
This paper argues that religion influences the ways that people think and speak about corruption, typically leading to condemnation. However, it is also argued that, in a systemically corrupt country, such condemnation is unlikely to influence actual corrupt behaviour. Based on fieldwork in India, the paper finds that existing anti-corruption policies based on a principal-agent […] Read More

Domestic Implementation of Human Rights Judgments in Europe: Legal Infrastructure and Government Effectiveness Matter

Type: · Author(s): Dia Anagnostou, Alina Mungiu-Pippidi · Published:
Over the past couple of years, international law and international relations scholarship has shifted its focus from the question of whether human rights treaties bring any state-level improvements at all to investigations in the domestic context of the factors and dynamics influencing state compliance. In this direction, and focusing on the European Court of Human […] Read More

Persistent systemic corruption: why democratisation and economic liberalisation have failed to undo an old evil. A six-country analysis

Type: · Author(s): von Soest, Christian · Published:
Why have the third wave of democratisation and concurrent economic liberalisation, contrary to many expectations, failed to lower global corruption? This article comparatively assesses systemic corruption and other features of personal rule in Argentina, Venezuela, Indonesia, the Philippines, Kenya, and Zambia. It finds that systemic corruption in these countries persists despite political transitions and economic […] Read More

Using power and influence analysis to address corruption risks: The case of the Ugandan drug supply chain

Type: · Author(s): Baez-Camargo, Claudia · Published:
Chr. Michelsen Institute (U4 Brief 2012:6) published an article of Claudia Baez Camargo, ANTICORRP researcher who is currently working at the Basel Institute on Governance. Abstract   Power and influence analysis can be used to assess corruption vulnerabilities in the public sector. This approach helps identify powerful stakeholders that should be engaged to achieve maximum […] Read More

Accountability in Voluntary Partnerships: To Whom and for What?

Type: · Author(s): Acar, Muhittin; Guo, Chao; Yang, Kaifeng · Published:
This paper contributes to the understanding of accountability in collaborative governance by presenting views of practitioners from partnerships formed between K-12 public schools and private and nonprofit organizations in the United States. It focuses on two questions: what do partnership practitioners see the partnerships as being accountable for? And to whom do they see the […] Read More

Doing business in Russia: informal practices and anti-corruption strategies

Type: · Author(s): Ledeneva, Alena; Shekshnia, Stanislav · Published:
To understand corporate corruption in Russia and to develop both anti-corruption policies at the macro level and anti-corruption strategies at the enterprise level effectively we need to move beyond the predominant corruption paradigm and to disaggregate its measurement. The article outlines the results of a pilot survey of CEO of companies operating in Russian regions […] Read More

Open Secrets and Knowing Smiles

Type: · Author(s): Ledeneva, Alena · Published:
Given the importance of informal ways of getting things done in postsocialist societies, research into the field of unwritten rules and informal practices has been slow to develop. In studying such rules and practices, the researcher often encounters skepticism or hostility stemming from the ways in which people relate to tacit agreements, or else she […] Read More

How Neopatrimonialism Affects Tax Administration: a comparative study of three world regions

Type: · Author(s): von Soest, Christian; Bechle, Karsten; Korte, Nina · Published:
Neopatrimonialism is a concept that has predominately been applied to describe governance in sub-Saharan Africa. Recently, however, it has also been used to describe governance in states from other world regions. However, scholars have rarely attempted systematically to compare neopatrimonial rule in different regional settings. This paper aims to narrow this gap by examining the […] Read More