Making Sense of Corruption

Type: · Author(s): Bo Rothstein, Aiysha Varraich · Published:
Corruption is a serious threat to prosperity, democracy and human well-being, with mounting empirical evidence highlighting its detrimental effects on society. Yet defining this threat has resulted in profound disagreement, producing a multidimensional concept. Tackling this important and provocative topic, the authors provide an accessible and systematic analysis of how our understanding of corruption has […] 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

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

Centripetal versus centrifugal corruption: A framework for the analysis of corrupt exchange and hidden governance structures

Type: · Author(s): Donatella della Porta, Alberto Vannucci · Published:
In the last decades a growing popular awareness emerged of the relevance of corruption as an hidden factor which may negatively influence political and economic decision-making processes in both liberal-democratic and authoritarian regimes. A corresponding interest came out also within the social sciences but, as often happens, in spite of a large scientific debate there […] Read More

Corruption as social exchange: the view from anthropology

Type: · Author(s): Davide Torsello · Published:
In recent years, anthropology has provided innovative and insightful accounts of corruption, at the levels of practices and ideas, in different world countries. Due to the nature of anthropological fieldwork research methodology, it has not been easy for anthropologists to study corruption through direct observation. This has called for a problematisation of the phenomenon in […] Read More

Conceptualizing Organized Crime: A transaction cost approach to make-or-buy decisions and corruption

Type: · Author(s): Salvatore Sberna · Published:
This chapter aims at theoretically addressing the role played by criminal organizations in fostering and/or governing corrupt exchanges. Apart from some noteworthy exceptions, organized crime remains a neglected concept in the study of political corruption. In order to fill this gap, the paper illustrates some empirical and methodological issues in the existing definitions of organized […] Read More

International Anti-corruption Normative Framework: the State of the Art

Type: · Author(s): Aram Khaghaghordyan · Published:
This chapter paves the way for the empirical research that will be conducted in WP 10 (Monitoring anti-corruption legislation and enforcement in Europe). While WP10 mainly focuses on monitoring and enforcement of anti-corruption legislation in Europe, for the scope of this project, it is necessary to present the global anti-corruption framework. First the author looks into […] Read More

Democratization and corruption: the state of the art

Type: · Author(s): Bianca Vaz Mondo · Published:
This chapter critically discusses the main contributions of the literature on the relationship between democratization and corruption, focusing on the perspective of how the former is expected to affect the latter and highlighting the different hypotheses and empirical findings presented by the most relevant and recent scholarly work in this line of research. Additionally, the […] Read More

Corruption and the Opposite to Corruption A Map of the Conceptual Landscape

Type: · Author(s): Bo Rothstein, Aiysha Varraich · Published:
Corruption has been viewed through many lenses within different academic disciplines, taking on different meanings along the way. As a result, corruption as a concept has effectively acquired a multidimensional character. In order to support our main contention of corruption as a multidimensional concept, this chapter first traces the evolution of corruption as a concept; […] Read More

State-of-the-art report on theories and harmonised concepts of corruption

Type: · Author(s): Bo Rothstein · Published:
Corruption is what in the social sciences is known as an “essentially contested concept”. From the perspective of stating in empirical research of what constitute successful anti-corruption policies, this is certainly a problem. However, it should be underlined that the concept of corruption shares this problem with many, if not most, central concepts in the social […] Read More