The European Research Centre for Anti-Corruption and State-Building was established at the Hertie School of Governance in Berlin in 2012. It studies state-building and corruption from a state-society perspective, with a focus on the interplay of formal and informal institutions, governance regimes, and the transition from particularism to universal norms and ethical considerations. ERCAS works on a variety of projects in collaboration with different donors and clients. It works on promoting anti-corruption and state-building policies which are grounded in empirical evidence and solid research. ERCAS also provides policy advice to governments, development agencies and the European Union towards the implementation of policies and programmes to achieve measurable impact and effectiveness in building states which are impartial, fair and high on infrastructural power.
ERCAS has many partners both in Europe and globally and is embedded in the Civil Society against Corruption network. The network was founded in 2007 by the Romanian Academic Society (SAR) and grew gradually from a Balkan centred to a wider European network.
ERCAS is chaired by Prof. Alina Mungiu-Pippidi, PhD who is Professor of Democracy Studies n at the Hertie School of Governance. She teaches the ERCAS approach to the understanding of corruption and the development of anti-corruption policies in related seminars taught as part of the MPP, MIA and EMPA programs at the Hertie School.