Report on Bulgaria

Type: · Author(s): Ruslan Stefanov, Stefan Karaboev · Published:
The Bulgarian public procurement market constituted 9% of national GDP on average from 2009 – 2013, which is lower than the EU average. Public procurement has been particularly important for the construction sector in the country, with approximately a third of total sector turnover deriving from public procurement in 2013. Since the onset of the […] Read More

Country policy reports on institutions in public procurement for the infrastructure sector

Type: · Author(s): Editor: Alina Mungiu-Pippidi; Contributors: Ruslan Stefanov, Stefan Karaboev, Munir Podumljak, Elizabeth David-Barrett, Roberto Martínez B. Kukutschka, Péter András Lukács, Mihály Fazekas, Mădălina Doroftei, Valentina Dimulescu, Uğur Eme, Muhittin Acar · Published:
The goal of this deliverable is to provide an assessment of the impact of corruption on development by focusing on infrastructure through a survey of EU-funded infrastructure projects in selected countries. Our reports focus on the construction sector because this sector is indicated by nearly every source as the highest public investment and top risk […] Read More

Volume 2: The Anticorruption Frontline

Type: · Author(s): Alina Mungiu-Pippidi (editor). Contributions by Alessandro Bozzini, Mihály Fazekas, Jana Gutierréz Chvalkovská, Lina Khatib, Lawrence Peter King, Alina Mungiu-Pippidi, Jirí Skuhrovec, Ruslan Stefanov, Alexander Stoyanov, István János Tóth, Boryana Velcheva, Andrew Wilson · Published:
From Turkey to Egypt, Bulgaria to Ukraine, and Brazil to India, we witness the rise of an angry urban middle class protesting against what they see as fundamental corruption of their political regimes, perceived as predatory and inefficient. Corruption is near the top of all global protesters’ list of grievances – from the Occupy movement to the […] Read More

Are EU funds a corruption risk? The impact of EU funds on grand corruption in Central and Eastern Europe

Type: · Author(s): Mihály Fazekas , Jana Chvalkovska, Jiri Skuhrovec, István János Tóth, and Lawrence Peter King · Published:
The paper explores the impact of EU funds on institutionalised grand corruption in public procurement between 2009-2012 in three countries: Czech Republic, Hungary, and Slovakia. We analyse a unique pooled database containing contract-level public procurement information for all three countries. We develop a composite corruption risks indicator based on the incidence and logical structure of […] Read More

Anatomy of grand corruption: A composite corruption risk index based on objective data

Type: · Author(s): Mihály Fazekas , István János Tóth , Lawrence Peter King · Published:
Although both the academic and policy communities have attached great importance to measuring corruption, most of the currently available measures are biased and too broad to test theory or guide policy. This article proposes a new composite indicator of grand corruption based on a wide range of elementary indicators. These indicators are derived from a […] Read More

Corruption manual for beginners: “Corruption techniques” in public procurement with examples from Hungary

Type: · Author(s): Mihály Fazekas, István János Tóth, Lawrence Peter King · Published:
This paper develops 30 novel quantitative indicators of grand corruption that operationalize 20 distinct techniques of corruption in the context of public procurement. Each indicator rests on a thorough qualitative understanding of rent extraction from public contracts by corrupt networks as evidenced by academic literature, interviews and media content analysis. Feasibility and usefulness of the […] 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