Integrity and Integrity Management in Public Life

Type: · Author(s): Paul M Heywood, Heather Marquette, Caryn Peiffer, Nieves Zúñiga · Published:
1. Integrity in public life is an essential component in establishing trust between citizens and their governments. However, over recent decades there has been increasing concern worldwide that standards of integrity are in decline. In part, that concern reflects a parallel focus on corruption as a core threat to good governance. The two concepts – […] Read More

Country comparative studies on the institutional organization of governments

Type: · Author(s): Monika Bauhr, Marcia Grimes, Nicholas Charron, Roxana Bratu, Dimitri A. Sotiropoulos, Maya Stoyanova, Maria Gustavson, Aksel Sundström, Agnes Cornell, Frida Boräng, Christian Schuster, Mihály Fazekas, Victor Lapuente, Lena Wängnerud, Salvador Parrado, Bo Rothstein, Marina Nistotskaya, Helena Stensöta, Mattias Agerberg, Richard Svensson · Published:
This deliverable presents research on the institutional organization of governments and how these affect both horizontal, vertical and societal accountability. Horizontal accountability refers to when government bodies hold other government bodies to account, vertical accountability refers to when citizens hold government accountable through elections, and societal accountability refers to when citizens and civil society associations […] Read More

Country Comparative Study on electoral accountability, civil society mobilization (societal accountability), and top down efforts

Type: · Author(s): Andreas Bågenholm, Stefan Dahlberg, Maria Solevid, Nicholas Charron, Seán Hanley, Allan Sikk, Philipp Köker, Donatella Della Porta, Alice Mattoni, Andrea L.P. Pirro, Loris Caruso, Nieves Zúñiga, Paul M. Heywood · Published:
The research presented in this deliverable covers three types of approaches to mitigating corruption: electoral accountability, civil society mobilization (societal accountability), and top down efforts by a regime to deal with its own corruption. The main findings are: Corruption does not, in contrast to what previous research suggests, always depress electoral turnout, which allows for […] Read More

ANTICORRP Policy Reports

Type: · Author(s): Monika Bauhr · Published:
This deliverable presents all ANTICORRP policy reports that were published throughout the five year project period. While the individual reports can also be found on this website, this deliverable exemplifies the diversity and breadth of the ANTICORRP project and its efforts to compile policy relevant research. Contributing authors are: Acar, M., A. Bozzini, R. Bratu, […] Read More

Careers, Connections, and Corruption Risks: Investigating the Impact of Bureaucratic Meritocracy on Public Procurement Processes

Type: · Author(s): Nicholas Charron, Carl Dahlström, Victor Lapuente, Mihaly Fazekas · Published:
Why do officials in some countries favor entrenched contractors, while others assign public contracts more impartially? This article emphasizes the important interplay between politics and bureaucracy. It suggests that corruption risks are lower when bureaucrats’ careers do not depend on political connections but on their peers. We test this hypothesis with a novel measure of […] Read More

Technical report describing main survey results

Type: · Author(s): Monika Bauhr, Carl Dahlström, Marcia Grimes, Maria Gustavson, Victor Lapuente · Published:
Without strong and well-functioning accountability systems, corruption moves in and risks becoming the modus operandi in political and public life. While a simple proposition in the abstract, accountability systems may encompass a panoply of government rules, organizational structures, modes of operation, agencies, offices and mandates, and the effectiveness of these may be contingent upon the […] Read More

Need or Greed? Conditions for Collective Action against Corruption

Type: · Author(s): Monika Bauhr · Published:
This article calls into question one of the implicit assumptions linking democratic accountability to reduced corruption, namely, that citizens will expose institutions rife with venality and mobilize for better government. Instead, mobilization may be contingent on the type of corruption. The study develops a distinction between need and greed corruption and suggest that citizens are […] Read More

Explaining the allocation of regional Structural Funds: The conditional effect of governance and self-rule

Type: · Author(s): Nicholas Charron · Published:
What regional factors can explain the heterogeneity in Structural Funds distribution to European Union regions? Past studies have shown that aside from the level of economic development and rates of unemployment, other political, and economic factors systematically explain why certain European Union regions receive greater funding than others, in particular where there is room for […] Read More

Does education lead to higher generalized trust? The importance of quality of government

Type: · Author(s): Nicholas Charron, Bo Rothstein · Published:
Generalized trust has become a prominent concept at the nexus of several disciplines, and the wide differences in trust between different societies continue to puzzle the social sciences. In this study, we explore the effects of micro and macro level factors in explaining an individual’s propensity to ‘trust others’. We hypothesize that higher levels of […] Read More

Ideology, Party Systems and Corruption Voting in European Democracies

Type: · Author(s): Nicholas Charron, Andreas Bågenholm · Published:
What is the impact of corruption on citizens’ voting behavior? There is a growing literature on an increasingly ubiquitous puzzle in many democratic countries: that corrupt officials continue to be re-elected by voters. In this study we address this issue with a novel theory and newly collected original survey data for 24 European countries. The […] Read More