Public Integrity and Trust in Europe

Authors: Alina Mungiu-Pippidi et al., European Research Centre for Anti-Corruption
and State-Building (ERCAS), Hertie School of Governance

Abstract: The results showed that citizens define corruption broadly as they look at a societies capacity to value merit (hard work and competence) as a source of success instead of (political) connections. The report provides an alternative to the use of subjective perceptions of trust and corruption by providing 6 quantitative indicators that can explain corruption control within countries. The results presented are intended to serve as input for the Dutch Presidency of the European Union in the first half of 2016. It is part of the ongoing international dialogue on strengthening evidence based integrity and anti-corruption policies for the public administration.



From Underdogs to Watchdogs: How Anti-Corruption Agencies Can Hold Off Potent Adversaries

Author: Gabriel Kuris

Leaders of anti-corruption agencies frequently encounter opposition from powerful beneficiaries of existing corruption. Those antagonists often seek to neutralize the agencies by weakening the agencies’ credibility, legal power, or operations. Drawing from ISS interviews and case studies, this cross-cutting report explores responses to this strategic challenge by agencies in eight countries (Botswana, Croatia, Ghana, Indonesia, Latvia, Lithuania, Mauritius, and Slovenia). The leaders and staff of those agencies worked to overcome opposition by recruiting allies, instituting internal controls to bolster transparency and accountability, pursuing low-visibility preventive efforts, and carefully assessing the pros and cons of high-level investigations. The outcomes of their efforts point to conditions that shape effectiveness and suggest possible workarounds or alternative approaches for anti-corruption agencies in adverse circumstances.


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