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

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

Measuring Political Corruption from Audit Results: A New Panel of Brazilian Municipalities

Type: · Author(s): Bianca Vaz Mondo · Published:
Comparative research on corruption has always faced challenges on how to reliably measure this phenomenon. Indicators based on perceptions of or experience with corruption are the most common approaches, but these methods have also faced criticism regarding limitations to their conceptual and measurement validity. A number of scholars have thus sought to develop alternative, more […] Read More

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 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

Corruption in Public Administration: An Ethnographic Approach

Type: · Author(s): M. Acar, C. Baez Camargo, E. Denisova-Schmidt, Z.T. Lofranco, N. Luci, M.G. Pezzi, R.M. Rivera, R.F Sambaiga, D. Torsello · Published:
Despite the growth in literature on political corruption, contributions from field research are still exiguous. This book provides a timely and much needed addition to current research, bridging the gap and providing an innovative approach to the study of corruption and integrity in public administration. Read More

International Conference in Brussels to present the results of the WP9 findings

Type: · Author(s): Nadya Stoynova, Salvatore Sberna, Atanas Rusev, Alberto Vannucci · Published:
ANTICORRP partner Scuola Normale Superiore (SNS) on 21 April 2016 organised a half-day conference in Brussels to present the results of ANTICORRP WP9 to an international audience. The conference focussed on the link between corruption, organised crime and human trafficking. It was thus structured to first present research results on political corruption and organised crime […] Read More

Corruption and trafficking in women. The case of Kosovo.

Type: · Author(s): Kushtrim Shaipi · Published:
This report summarises research findings and main trends in human trafficking, and the potential links between trafficking and corruption in Kosovo. The research had two main goals: to examine the links between corruption and trafficking of women, and to identify consequences and impacts of corruption on the victims of trafficking. For the purpose of this […] Read More