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    Corruption in EU financial aid in the European Neighbourhood countries

    Magdalena Lyubenova discusses her winning entry to the Transparency International competition for the best anti-corruption thesis.

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    TRANSPARENCY INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL ON INTEGRITY 2016 – THE GLOBAL MEETING OF YOUNG LEADERS

    Paulius Murauskas, of Transparency International's Lithuanian Chapter, gives a snapshot of what can be expected from attending the Transparency International School on Integrity in 2016.

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    Levels of public integrity show multi-speed Europe

    New ranking of public integrity in the European Union Member States shows Finland leading, with Bulgaria lagging behind.

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    Friends with benefits? Join the debate on policy capture at the OECD Itegrity Forum!

    A guest blog from Michael Johnston and Frédéric Boehm. Michael is the Charles A. Dana Professor of political science at Colgate University, USA. Frédéric is a Policy Analyst at the OECD.

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04 Jun 2010

Corruption and confidence in public institutions: Evidence from a global survey

There is a well-known, significant negative correlation between trust in public institutions and corruption. Using Gallup World Poll’s data, this paper moves towards tracing the causal linkage and finds evidence for corruption eroding public trust. The paper further suggests that lack of trust in public institutions can directly inhibit country development through reduced political participation, increased emigration, and a higher tolerance for political violence.

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03 Jun 2010

Contextualizing conceptions of corruption: Challenges for the international anti-corruption campaign

A series of recent critics contested the underlying concepts and theoretical assumptions of the global anti-corruption community, questioning the legitimacy of the anti-corruption norm, the difficulty of defining and measuring corruption, etc. This literature review organises and discusses critical commentary on the theoretical assumptions, methodology and legitimacy of the anti-corruption movement, providing food for thought that could help strengthen and improve the efficacy of theory.

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03 Jun 2010

Self-regulation and Regulation in Lobbying

The vast majority of European lobbyists acknowledge that more transparency is required for their industry, but differ on how to achieve this. This is one of the many insightful findings from this report that is built around a series of attitudinal surveys with lobbyists. Providing the most comprehensive picture to date of how the industry in Europe views regulation and efforts in self-regulation the authors also provide recommendations on how to link these two modes of raising integrity most ...

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28 May 2010

Corporate Governance and Corruption: A Cross-Country Analysis

This paper examines the supply-side of corruption. The author argues that corporate governance is among the important factors determining the level of corruption. Using a cross-country dataset, the paper tests hypotheses that explicitly link various measures of corporate governance to the level of corruption. The results show that corporate governance standards can have profound impacts on the effectiveness of the global anti-corruption campaign.

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20 May 2010

Managing the crisis: A comparative analysis of economic governance in 14 countries

Using data from the Bertelsmann Transformation Index for transition countries and the Sustainable Governance Indicators for OECD countries, this report analyses the countries’ capacities to respond to the economic crisis 2007-2009. For transition countries, a lack of these capacities is found to be strongly correlated to widespread corruption.

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20 May 2010

Revolving door lobbyists

This paper examines how ex-government officials use the revolving door to cash in on the personal con- nections acquired during periods of public service. Lobbyists with past working experience in the office of a US Senator suff er an average 21% drop in generated revenue when that Senator leaves office. The eff ect is immediate, it is discontinuous around the exit period and it persists in the long-term.

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20 May 2010

Perceptions of corruption in Sweden

Sweden is consistently ranked among global indices as one of the least corrupt countries in the world. However, there is little research on perceptions of corruption in low risk countries. This paper explores perceptions of corruption in Sweden in order to fill this knowledge gap with a focus on how citizens define corruption, moral judgments on corruption, and the perceived spread of corruption.

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28 Apr 2010

The Pursuit of Integrity in Customs: Experiences from Sub-Saharan Africa

Customs services have long been viewed as particularly vulnerable to corruption. This study takes a closer look at the root causes for this. It finds that in many customs administrations, patronage networks based on kinship and community run deep and outflank formal rules. Based on these insights it is argued that integrity reforms need to pay more attention to local political economy, the incentives of key players and the role of informal institutions.

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28 Apr 2010

The Correlates of Corruption in India: Analysis and Evidence from the States

What explains the substantial variance of corruption levels perceived by citizens across Indian states? This paper examines a number of hypotheses and finds that the level of development – measured both in economic and educational terms – as well as the level of fiscal decentralisation are significantly correlated with lower levels of corruption. In contrast, other potential factors such as income inequality, religious fractionalization or the level of media exposure turn out to be ...

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28 Apr 2010

Corruption in Emerging Countries: A Matter of Isomorphism

Peer behavior influences the readiness to bribe, highlighting the importance of mutual trust and collective action for rooting out corruption. This study provides clear evidence for this claim that is often posited, but rarely backed up with data. Interviews with top executives from firms in emerging countries confirm that a company is more likely to resort to corruption, if its competitors already adopt corrupt practices.

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ANTICORRP Research Pioneer Measurements on Government Favouritism

Researchers of the EU FP7 ANTICORRP project recently published the third volume of the policy series “The Anticorruption Report”.

Book Launch

The Hertie School of Governance and the ANTICORRP research project are hosting a book launch and roundtable discussion to discuss Alina Mungiu-Pippidi's new book...

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