Successes and failures of anticorruption in Greece before and after the onset of the economic crisis

Type: · Author(s): Dimitri A. Sotiropoulos · Published:
Η εκδήλωση της οικονομικής κρίσης προκάλεσε πολλές αλλαγές, αλλά όχι μια «αλλαγή παραδείγματος» στην πολιτική καταπολέμησης της διαφθοράς στην Ελλάδα. Από το 2010 καλύφθηκαν νομοθετικά κενά, δημιουργήθηκαν νέες εισαγγελικές αρχές, κυβερνητικές και διοικητικές θέσεις και δρομολογήθηκε η ποινική διαδικασία σε πολλές υποθέσεις. Ηπίεση της κοινής γνώμης, καθώς και η πίεση εκ μέρους των δανειστών της […] Read More

Tendertracking.eu

Type: · Author(s): Mihály Fazekas · Published:
The website tendertracking.eu (kozpenzkereso.eu) is showing a database of public procurement contracts in Hungary graded by a corruption risk scorecard. Its goal is to make every contract, issuer and winner and their assigned CRI (Corruption Risk Index) scores are available to the public with better accessibility than from official sources. The CRI is a composite index of […] 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

Are EU funds a corruption risk? The impact of EU funds on grand corruption in Central and Eastern Europe

Type: · Author(s): Mihály Fazekas , Jana Chvalkovska, Jiri Skuhrovec, István János Tóth, and Lawrence Peter King · Published:
The paper explores the impact of EU funds on institutionalised grand corruption in public procurement between 2009-2012 in three countries: Czech Republic, Hungary, and Slovakia. We analyse a unique pooled database containing contract-level public procurement information for all three countries. We develop a composite corruption risks indicator based on the incidence and logical structure of […] Read More

Anatomy of grand corruption: A composite corruption risk index based on objective data

Type: · Author(s): Mihály Fazekas , István János Tóth , Lawrence Peter King · Published:
Although both the academic and policy communities have attached great importance to measuring corruption, most of the currently available measures are biased and too broad to test theory or guide policy. This article proposes a new composite indicator of grand corruption based on a wide range of elementary indicators. These indicators are derived from a […] Read More

Corruption manual for beginners: “Corruption techniques” in public procurement with examples from Hungary

Type: · Author(s): Mihály Fazekas, István János Tóth, Lawrence Peter King · Published:
This paper develops 30 novel quantitative indicators of grand corruption that operationalize 20 distinct techniques of corruption in the context of public procurement. Each indicator rests on a thorough qualitative understanding of rent extraction from public contracts by corrupt networks as evidenced by academic literature, interviews and media content analysis. Feasibility and usefulness of the […] 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