The Quest for Good Governance: Taiwan’s Fight Against Corruption

Type: · Author(s): Christian Goebel · Published:
In Taiwan, the legal definition of what constitutes “corrupt” behavior and legal changes is now clearer than ever. Moreover, since the change in ruling parties, judicial independence has been guaranteed and anti-corruption agencies have been strengthened considerably. Although there is still corruption and that the institutional configuration of Taiwan’s anti-corruption agencies is far from optimum, […] Read More

The Quest for Good Governance: Georgia’s Break with the Past

Type: · Author(s): Alexander Kupatadze · Published:
This paper looks at Georgia’s path to reform in 2004–2012. The author argues that the young, ideologically and structurally cohesive elite capitalized on the window of opportunity and implemented “big bang” reform in 2004–2008. As time passed, the new incumbents developed vested interests that became apparent with the reemergence of a state-business nexus reemerged in […] 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

Becoming Denmark: Historical Designs of Corruption Control

Type: · Author(s): Alina Mungiu-Pippidi · Published:
Why do some societies manage to control corruption so it manifests itself only occasionally, as an exception, while other societies do not and remain systemically corrupt? And is the superior performance of this first group of countries a result of what they do or of who they are? Most current anticorruption strategies presume the former, which is why institutions from […] Read More

The Legacies of 1989: The Transformative Power of Europe Revisited

Type: · Author(s): Alina Mungiu-Pippidi · Published:
Why has the EU succeeded in promoting democracy in the new member states but failed in promoting good governance?  This essay seeks to answer this question first by distinguishing governance from political regimes, and second by exploring to what extent national governance—which is defined as the set of formal and informal institutions that determine who […] Read More

Controlling Corruption Through Collective Action

Type: · Author(s): Alina Mungiu-Pippidi · Published:
Control of corruption in a society is an equilibrium between resources and costs which either empowers or constraints elites predatory behavior. While most research and practice focuses on legal constraints, this paper investigates normative constraints, deemed to be more important, especially civil society and the press. Fresh evidence—both historical and statistical—is found to support Tocqueville’s […] Read More