It’s time to dig deeper to measure corruption

Luxembourg has just punished a whistleblower for telling the truth about tax evasion (Luxleaks); it is, together with Singapore, a favourite destinations for individuals and companies to hide income. Yet Luxembourg ranks number 10 and Singapore 7 in the Corruption Perception Index (CPI) 2016 published by Transparency International. They are followed by a wealth of […] Read More

Discussing Corruption and Anti-Corruption in Greece

The political and economic turmoil that hit Greece since 2009 also shed a light on the issue of corruption in the country. The ANTICORRP project looks at corruption and anti-corruption strategies in the entire world, but naturally has a particular focus on what is happening in the European Union and also in Greece. The results […] Read More

In places where corruption is endemic, women struggle to become local councillors

Across Europe, while some regions elect relatively high shares of women to local councils, men almost exclusively dominate the councils of others. New research by Aksel Sundström and Lena Wängnerud suggests that informal recruitment practices are important in understanding why. Their study shows that in regions where corruption is endemic in local government, authorities elect lower shares of women – a finding with implications for strategies on how to increase women’s presence in elected bodies. Read More

Anti-Corruption Evidence: From Research to Policy-Making

In the past decades, efforts to fight corruption have increased across the globe. At a closer look not much evidence can be found to prove these strategies to be successful. We are still facing the same questions: Why is it so difficult to overcome corruption and what measures need to be taken to majorly improve […] Read More

ANTICORRP Co-Hosts Policy Dialogue Conference

The V-Dem and ANTICORRP Policy Dialogue Conference achieved exactly what is was set out to do: to create an opportunity for a true dialogue between policymakers and academics, an exchange that both sides were able to benefit from. Our anti-corruptoin researchers used the opportunity to enter a dialogue with representatives from the OECD, SIDA, GIZ, Transparency International and many more. Read More

EU Funds Curse? New evidence on the reciprocal impact between EU funds and corruption in CEE

Using a new quantitative indicator, this European paper finds EU Structural and Cohesion Funds impact grand corruption in Central and Eastern Europe in two ways. One, by increasing the amount of money available for rent-extraction and two, by failing to provide monitoring mechanisms to reduce corruption. As much as 1/3 of EU funds given to public projects in the Czech Republic, Hungary and Slovakia are disbursed in irregular, obscure ways, tending to favour certain companies. The authors give several policy recommendations to help the EU protect its investments and ensure procurement processes are transparent and competitive. Read More