Becoming Denmark: Historical Designs of Corruption Control

Type: · Author(s): Alina Mungiu-Pippidi · Published:
Why do some societies manage to control corruption so it manifests itself only occasionally, as an exception, while other societies do not and remain systemically corrupt? And is the superior performance of this first group of countries a result of what they do or of who they are? Most current anticorruption strategies presume the former, which is why institutions from […] Read More

The Legacies of 1989: The Transformative Power of Europe Revisited

Type: · Author(s): Alina Mungiu-Pippidi · Published:
Why has the EU succeeded in promoting democracy in the new member states but failed in promoting good governance?  This essay seeks to answer this question first by distinguishing governance from political regimes, and second by exploring to what extent national governance—which is defined as the set of formal and informal institutions that determine who […] Read More

Volume 1: Controlling Corruption in Europe

Type: · Author(s): Alina Mungiu-Pippidi (editor). Contributions by Roxana Bratu, Nicholas Charron, Valentina Dimulescu, Madalina Doroftei, Mihály Fazekas, Aare Kasemets, Lawrence Peter King, Roberto Martínez B. Kukutschka, Raluca Pop, István János Tóth · Published:
The first volume of the Anticorruption Report series provides a comprehensive analysis of causes and consequences of corruption in three European regions, presenting corruption risks for several European countries and concrete policy recommendations on how to effectively address those risks. Read More

Controlling Corruption Through Collective Action

Type: · Author(s): Alina Mungiu-Pippidi · Published:
Control of corruption in a society is an equilibrium between resources and costs which either empowers or constraints elites predatory behavior. While most research and practice focuses on legal constraints, this paper investigates normative constraints, deemed to be more important, especially civil society and the press. Fresh evidence—both historical and statistical—is found to support Tocqueville’s […] Read More