Containing Corruption: How to Summarise Five Years of ANTICORRP Research

What factors promote or hinder the development of effective anticorruption policies and impartial government institutions? The ANTICORRP project and the Quality of Government (QoG) invited policy-makers, civil society representatives and academics to a conference in Brussels trying to surmise the final results of the ANTICORRP project. The conference counted among its speakers some of the […] Read More

EU Funds Curse? New evidence on the reciprocal impact between EU funds and corruption in CEE

Using a new quantitative indicator, this European paper finds EU Structural and Cohesion Funds impact grand corruption in Central and Eastern Europe in two ways. One, by increasing the amount of money available for rent-extraction and two, by failing to provide monitoring mechanisms to reduce corruption. As much as 1/3 of EU funds given to public projects in the Czech Republic, Hungary and Slovakia are disbursed in irregular, obscure ways, tending to favour certain companies. The authors give several policy recommendations to help the EU protect its investments and ensure procurement processes are transparent and competitive. Read More