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08 Aug 2013

Does Corruption Cause Aid Fatigue? Public Opinion, Sustainable Development, and the Paradox of Aid

The relationship between aid and corruption is rather complex, one that involves a range of dynamics that define their interaction. In Does Corruption Cause Aid Fatigue? Monika Bauhr and Naghmeh Nasiritousi develop a valuable research paper which evaluates the aid-corruption paradox in the light of the inquiry: “Does perceived corruption in recipient countries reduce support for foreign aid in donor countries?”

Research Article
31 Jul 2013

Book Review: Party Patronage and Party Government in European Democracies

Is Party Patronage still relevant in Contemporary Europe? A comparative research on patterns of public employment in 15 EU member states. Who, Why, and Where selection of bureaucratic personnel is ruled by patronage.

Research Article
31 Jul 2013

Misunderestimating Corruption

Assuming a downward bias within survey-based estimates of corruption, the authors develop a model of the interview process in order to estimate the prevalence of reticent behavior when answering such sensitive questions as corruption acts. The authors used the World Bank Enterprise Survey (Peru 2010) and the Gallup World Poll (Asia) unveiling robustness hazards within survey-based corruption measurement. The authors then suggest the use of reticence-adjusted estimates to provide a more accurate ...

Research Article
30 Jul 2013

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

Drawing upon an extensive range of statistical data, this report examines the extent of corruption across the European Union (EU). It makes a strong case that corruption is a central factor contributing to the economic crisis and preventing the potential recovery from it.

Research Article
30 Jul 2013

Identifying Corruption Risks in Defence and Security:Empirical Evidence Using the Government Defence Anti-Corruption Index

This Working Paper by Oliver Cover and Saad Mustafa raises the question of using of sector specific typologies for better conceptualizing corruption. Through comparing data from the corruption risks typology and indicators developed for Transparency International UK’s Defence and Security Programme, the authors ask whether analysing these elements compiled with the help of practitioners helps better understanding the concept of corruption in the defence sector than theoretical debates.

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09 Jul 2013

The Eroding Effect of Corruption on Public Support for Democracy

Jonas Linde and Gissur Erlingsson form part of a growing research agenda on investigating corruption in so-called “least corrupt countries” – particularly the Nordic and Scandinavian nations. Despite the fact that some economists believe the scope for corruption is greatest in states with large public sectors, the Nordic countries, with their sizeable welfare systems, consistently top Transparency International’s corruption perceptions index (CPI) as some of the “cleanest” states in the world. ...

Research Article
12 Jun 2013

Crime, Police Corruption and Development, Evidence from Victimization Data

Exploring the International Crime Victimization Surveys (ICVS), the authors investigate the role of crime and police corruption on long run economic development. Although the use of ICVS data prove challenging, the authors were able to puzzle out the role crime plays on development through the corruption channel.

Research Article
14 May 2013

Rooting Out Corruption or Rooting For Corruption? The Heterogeneous Electoral Consequences of Scandals

Why do politicians involved in scandals avoid severe penalties in their re-election bids?

Research Article
14 May 2013

Quality of Government and Corruption from a European Perspective

In this book, the authors tackle the concept of ‘Quality of Government’ (QoG) both conceptually and empirically and apply their focus to EU countries and regions.

Research Article
14 May 2013

How Context Matters for Development Effectiveness - A Study into Social Norms and Heterogeneous Impacts

How can we use social norms better to make anti-corruption interventions more effective? Thomas de Hoops’ PhD Thesis on How context Matters for Development Effectiveness argues that the influence of social norms on development programmes should not only be acknowledged, but analysed as such. His work suggests interesting implications for thinking anti-corruption initiatives.

Research Article
12 May 2013

When More Discretionary Power Improves Public Procurement Efficiency : An Empirical Analysis of Auctions with Negotiation and Reduction of Formalism

In recent years, sealed-bid open auctions have come to be widely recognised as the most efficient contract awarding procedure. However, Chever and Moore argue that there is no clear empirical data to support the claim that such mechanisms yields more efficient results than alternatives like auctions with negotiations or less-formalised auctions.

Research Article
12 May 2013

Open vs Restricted Procurement Auctions: Evidence from Regression Discontinuity

Open or restricted procurement auctions ? In their recent article, Coviello, Guglielmo and Spagnolo make good use of the special opportunity offered by the Italian context to study the causal effects of open rather than restricted auction mechanisms.

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12 May 2013

Bribe-Taking and Bureaucratic Competition: A Search Cost Model of Corruption

Does competition among bureaucrats reduce bribery ? Eugene Kiselev uses empirical data from local governments in Russia to determine whether more bureaucrats give businesses the opportunity to avoid corrupt officials. He argues, as a result, that higher competition leads to less frequent, but higher bribes, as corrupt bureaucrats tend to target companies for which costs of looking for a non-corrupt bureaucrat is too high.

Research Article
18 Apr 2013

Political Connections and Firm Value: Evidence from the Regression Discontinuity Design of Close Gubernatorial Elections

Drawing upon regression discontinuity method, this working paper investigates the role of political connections on firm values in the United States. The authors find evidence that firms connected with elected politicians do increase their value.

Research Article
19 Mar 2013

A Close Linkage between Corruption and Human Rights – Definition, Causes and Effects

Most of the research conducted on the consequences and linkages of corruption has been in terms of political, and economical parameters. This article depicts the linkage between corruption and human rights.

Research Article
13 Mar 2013

Edmund Burke, the Warren Hastings Trial, and the Moral Dimension of Corruption

This article examines the need to re-moralise corruption discourse in order to rally necessary support at both the elite and popular level to deal with systemic corruption. Using the example of the late eighteenth century trial of Warren Hastings (the first British Governor General of India) by Edmund Burke, Smith demonstrates that the self-conscious move away from moral questions in corruption scholarship has denied anti-corruption campaigners a powerful tool for mobilising civil society. By ...

Research Article
11 Feb 2013

Public Sector Size and Corruption: Evidence from 290 Swedish Municipalities

This research paper brings further insights to the existing literature probing corruption determinants. This paper proposes a new investigation of the relationship between government size and corruption extent, drawing upon data collected in 2007 from 290 Swedish municipalities. The authors found strong evidence of a negative correlation between total public expenditure and corruption, casting doubt upon the still dominant “public-choice” paradigm.

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25 Jan 2013

Theories of change in anti-corruption work A tool for programme design and evaluation

In this report, Jesper Johnsøn explores the Theory of change (ToC) approach as a method for improving the processes of project design, implementation, and evaluation. It can be used in designing overarching policies or specific programmes or projects, as well as in setting priorities within or between projects.

Research Article
15 Jan 2013

New Advances in Experimental Research on Corruption

This Featured Research Article commissioned by the Anti-Corruption Research Network contains a rich collection of survey pieces on some of the most relevant issues relating to corruption research, edited by Danila Serra and Leonard Wantchekon. This multi-disciplinary research project provides an overview of this recent literature, combined with laboratory and field studies

Research Article
09 Nov 2012

Do Political Blogs Matter? Corruption in State-Controlled Companies, Blog Postings, and DDoS Attacks

This working paper probes to what extent net-activism can influence corruption behavior in non-democracies. The authors analyse the impact of anti-corruption blog posts on the stock prices of state-controlled firms in Russia. Their research uncovers a negative correlation between stock prices and blog posts both in the short and medium term. Moreover, they provide evidence that the relationship between stock prices and blog posts is causal, using an instrumental variable and placebo tests.

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