The Good, the Bad and the Ugly: Controlling Corruption in the European Union

Type: · Author(s): Alina Mungiu-Pippidi · Published:
Since the beginning of the ANTICORRP project in 2012, one of the main objectives has been to replace corruption data based on public opinion with more objective measurements of corruption and this is exactly the goal of this report: it uses more reliable evidence than surveys can produce to document control of corruption across EU […] Read More

The Quest for Good Governance: Uruguay’s Shift from Clientelism

Type: · Author(s): Daniel Buquet, Rafael Pineiro · Published:
Uruguay improved its levels of universalism in the last fifteen years. This improvement is due to a prolonged process of transformation in Uruguayan politics from competitive particularism to an open access regime. We claim that the change in the way that parties compete for votes – from clientelistic to programmatic strategy – is the cause […] Read More

The Quest for Good Governance: Taiwan’s Fight Against Corruption

Type: · Author(s): Christian Goebel · Published:
In Taiwan, the legal definition of what constitutes “corrupt” behavior and legal changes is now clearer than ever. Moreover, since the change in ruling parties, judicial independence has been guaranteed and anti-corruption agencies have been strengthened considerably. Although there is still corruption and that the institutional configuration of Taiwan’s anti-corruption agencies is far from optimum, […] Read More

The Quest for Good Governance: Georgia’s Break with the Past

Type: · Author(s): Alexander Kupatadze · Published:
This paper looks at Georgia’s path to reform in 2004–2012. The author argues that the young, ideologically and structurally cohesive elite capitalized on the window of opportunity and implemented “big bang” reform in 2004–2008. As time passed, the new incumbents developed vested interests that became apparent with the reemergence of a state-business nexus reemerged in […] Read More

Learning from Virtuous Circles

Type: · Author(s): Alina Mungiu-Pippidi · Published:
Once of interest mainly to specialists, the problem of explaining how institutions change is now a primary concern not only of economists, but of the international donor community as well. Many have come to believe that political institutions are decisive in shaping economic institutions and, with them, the course of innovation and investment that leads […] 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

The Quest for Good Governance. How Societies Develop Control of Corruption

Type: · Author(s): Alina Mungiu-Pippidi · Published:
Why do some societies manage to control corruption so that it manifests itself only occasionally, while other societies remain systemically corrupt? This book is about how societies reach that point when integrity becomes the norm and corruption the exception in regard to how public affairs are run and public resources are allocated. It primarily asks […] Read More

Process-tracing report on Uruguay

Type: · Author(s): Daniel Buquet and Rafael Piñeiro · Published:
This paper describes and analyzes the transformation of Uruguayan governance institutions with particular regard to corruption and particularism. Uruguay substantively improved its levels of universalism in the last fifteen years. This improvement is due to a prolonged process of transformation in Uruguayan politics from competitive particularism to an open access regime. We claim that the […] Read More

Process-tracing report on Taiwan

Type: · Author(s): Christian Göbel · Published:
Since Taiwan became democratic in 1992 and especially after the change in ruling parties in 2000, the passage of new laws and the reform of existing ones have defined more clearly than ever what constitutes “corrupt” behavior and legal changes have followed international norms. Moreover, since the change in ruling parties, judicial independence has been […] Read More

Process-tracing report on South Korea

Type: · Author(s): Jong-sung You · Published:
Various indicators of corruption show that South Korea has been relatively successful in control of corruption, compared to other Asian countries. Since its independence, South Korea has been transitioning, if not completed a transition, from particularism of the limited access order to ethical universalism of the open access order. How did this happen?  This paper […] Read More