Opening Public Officials’ Coffers: A Quantitative Analysis of the Impact of Financial Disclosure Regulation on National Corruption Levels

Type: · Author(s): Gustavo A. Vargas, David Schlutz · Published:
Disclosure of income, assets and conflicts of interest can serve as powerful public accountability tools to draw attention to the abuse of public office, help prosecute corrupt offenders and create a culture of scrutiny in the public sector that deters corruption. Based on data of the World Bank’s Public Accountability Mechanisms initiative, we present the […] Read More

Measuring Control of Corruption by a New Index of Public Integrity

Type: · Author(s): Alina Mungiu-Pippidi, Ramin Dadašov · Published:
While the last 20 years saw the invention of corruption rankings, allowing comparison between countries and the shaming of corrupt governments, such measurements are largely based on the perceptions of experts, lacking both specificity and transparency. New research, based on a comprehensive theory of governance defined as the set of formal and informal institutions determining […] Read More

Measuring Government Favouritism Objectively: The Case of Romanian Public Construction Sector

Type: · Author(s): Mădălina Doroftei · Published:
Government favouritism in the allocation of public funds raises costs for any society in which corruption prevails. Particularistic transactions can be identified in three different situations: uncompetitive awards of public contracts when there is only one “competitive” tender, when public money is spent on contracts supplied by politically connected firms, and a situation of capture […] Read More

An Objective Corruption Risk Index Using Public Procurement Data

Type: · Author(s): Mihály Fazekas, István János Tóth, Lawrence Peter King · Published:
In order to address the lack of reliable indicators of corruption, this article develops a composite indicator of high-level institutionalised corruption through a novel ‘Big Data’ approach. Using publicly available electronic public procurement records in Hungary, we identify “red flags” in the public procurement process and link them to restricted competition and recurrent contract award […] Read More

For a New Generation of Objective Indicators in Governance and Corruption Studies

Type: · Author(s): Alina Mungiu-Pippidi · Published:
The measurement of corruption is an old challenge of both academics and the policy community, due to the absence of a unanimously agreed upon definition and the widespread (although inaccurate) belief that owing to its informal and hidden nature, corruption is an unobservable phenomenon. The articles in this issue challenge this belief. Read More

Report on the implementation, monitoring and enforcement

Type: · Author(s): Dia Anagnostou, Evangelia Psychogiopoulou, Mihály Fazekas, Alejandro Ferrando Gamir, Andrea Wagner, Salvatore Sberna, Eva Nanopoulos · Published:
The ANTICORRP Project WP10 on “Monitoring anti-corruption legislation and enforcement in Europe” has the overall aim to study state compliance and implementation of international and European anti-corruption norms in the EU member states. It is specifically interested in exploring whether international and European norms have an independent influence in prompting EU member states to adopt […] 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

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

Background report on international and European law against corruption

Type: · Author(s): Dia Anagnostou, Evangelia Psychogiopoulou, Aram Khaghaghordyan, Andrea Wagner · Published:
This report sets the background and the methodology design for the WP10 of the ANTICORRP project. WP10 seeks to explore whether and the extent to which, EU states comply with international anti-corruption norms, as well as their domestic implementation and enforcement. It has four main research objectives: a) to measure state compliance and implementation of […] Read More