Indignation or Resignation: The Implications of Transparency for Societal Accountability

Type: · Author(s): Monika Bauhr, Marcia Grimes · Published:
International organizations, policy experts, and nongovernmental organizations promote greater governmental transparency as a crucial reform to enhance accountability and curb corruption. Transparency is predicted to deter corruption in part by expanding the possibilities for public or societal accountability, that is, for citizens and citizen associations to monitor, scrutinize, and act to hold public office holders […] Read More

Close but no Cigar: the measurement of corruption.

Type: · Author(s): Paul M Heywood and Jonathan Rose · Published:
Abstract : The financial cost of corruption has recently been estimated at more than 5 per cent of global GDP. Yet, despite the widespread agreement that corruption is one of the most pressing policy challenges facing world leaders, it remains as widespread today, possibly even more so, as it was when concerted international attention began being […] Read More

‘Finding God’ or ‘Moral Disengagement’ in the Fight Against Corruption in Developing Countries? Evidence from India and Nigeria

Type: · Author(s): Dr Heather Marquette · Published:
There are growing calls for religion to be used in the fight against corruption based on theassumption that religious people are more concerned with ethics than the non-religious,despite the fact that many of the most corrupt countries in the world also rank highly in termsof religiosity. This paper looks at the evidence in the current […] Read More

Corruption as an obstacle to women’s political representation: Evidence from local councils in 18 European countries

Type: · Author(s): Sundström, Aksel & Lena Wängnerud · Published:
This article presents evidence from 18 European countries showing that where levels of corruption are high, the proportion of women elected is low. We hypothesize that corruption indicates the presence of ‘shadowy arrangements’ that benefit the already privileged and pose a direct obstacle to women when male-dominated networks influence political parties’ candidate selection. There is […] Read More

Economy, corruption or floating voters? Explaining the breakthroughs of anti-establishment reform parties in eastern Europe

Type: · Author(s): Seán Hanley, Allan Sikk · Published:
This paper discusses a new group of parties that we term anti-establishment reform parties (AERPs), which combine moderate social and economic policies with anti-establishment appeals and a desire to change the way politics is conducted. We analyse the electoral breakthroughs of AERPs in central and eastern Europe (CEE), the region where AERPs have so far […] Read More

Mapping the Regional Divide in Europe: A Measure for Assessing Quality of Government in 206 European Regions

Type: · Author(s): Nicholas Charron, Lewis Dijkstra, Victor Lapuente · Published:
Do aspects of quality of government, broadly defined, such as corruption, impartiality, and quality of public services, vary below the country level? The concept of quality of government (QoG) and various measures to assess it have become more ubiquitous in several social science disciplines. QoG is related with economic and social development, better environmental conditions, […] Read More