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

Can a “Lone wolf” quasi-investigative journalist substitute low functionality of the law enforcement system?

Type: · Author(s): Andrej Školkay · Published:
The present article analyzes a relatively unusual case, in which a quasi-investigative journalist, working in an entirely independent capacity, succeeded in uncovering and foiling an international money laundering attempt. This extremely significant story reveals the existence of a complex legal framework for tackling money-laundering operations in the EU. In this particular instance, local police and […] Read More