16 Mar 2015
Democracy in Decline
What is the state of global democracy? According to renowned democracy expert Professor Larry Diamond who spoke last week at Berlin’s Hertie School of Governance , democracy around the world continues to decline largely because of a lack of good governance. During the event, chaired by ERCAS Director Alina Mungiu-Pippidi, Professor Diamond presented evidence that […]
18 Feb 2015
Aam Aadmi Party Victory in Delhi: the comeback of Indian anti-corruption politics?
By Lucía Ixtacuy The Aam Aadmi (Common Man) Party (AAP) first gained international attention when it managed to achieve the second-largest majority in the Delhi Assembly after the 2013 elections. Grabbing 28 out of the 70 seats was considered an unprecedented and even “historic” political debut in India. However, only 49 days after being sworn […]
29 Jan 2015
Doublethink, Russian Style
Picture the following scenario: A top Russian manager advocates for equal opportunities and, when hiring new employees, insists upon relying only on their professional competences. In this way, he has given chances to a formerly drug-addicted young man and a young woman with dwarfism. The same manager does not extend the same opportunities to homosexual […]
14 Jan 2015
ERCAS Awarded Second Major EU Research Project
Horizon 2020 project DIGIWHIST to build a digital whistleblowing platform and help improve transparency in public spending
13 Jan 2015
Trust-Keeping: What Ails the European Trust Compact?
The European Research Centre for Anti-Corruption and State-Building (ERCAS) has been contracted by the government of the Netherlands (Ministry of Interior and Kingdom Relations) to do a synthesis of policy relevant findings in the area of trust and governance in the EU.
17 Dec 2014
Anti-Corruption Revolutions: When Civil Society Steps In.
Over the last decade, the world has witnessed several citizen uprisings with protestors coming from diverse cultural and religious backgrounds who increasingly raise their voices in a discourse that pleads for a responsive and accountable government that will act in lawful and transparent ways. As never before, common citizens from countries such as the Philippines, India, Bulgaria, Brazil and Egypt, among others, acknowledge corruption as damaging for their societies, and loudly demand an effective solution. This swell of citizen activism was the underlying motivation behind our research on so-called Anti-Corruption Revolutions - mass manifestations that reveal generalized discontent with the performance of government.
09 Dec 2014
Anti-corruption as last chapter of democratic revolutions
Alina Mungiu-Pippidi editorial on the occasion of International Anti-Corruption Day: "For our generation the elimination of privilege and favouritism is the only way to accomplish in full the democratic revolutions started in 1989."
26 Nov 2014
Science to activism. The Anticorruption Frontline
Can social science impact policy in real time and offer relevant options for major problems that our societies face today? This is the challenge taken up by the policy pillar of the EU FP7 project ANTICORRP which deals with good governance and anticorruption policies. ANTICORRP is a five-year project based across 20 European universities and […]
18 Nov 2014
When Will the Next Walls Fall?
Alina Mungiu-Pippidi on Breaking the Walls of Corruption November 9, 2014 marked the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall, the beginning of the end of the division between East and West and the start of a major transformation in Europe. This same day, the Falling Walls Foundation held their annual conference on […]
05 Nov 2014
The Ambivalent Future of Ukraine
This article was originally published online in the Hot Spots Forum of the journal Cultural Anthropology. It is republished here with permission of the author. by Alena Ledeneva This article is part of the series Ukraine and Russia: The Agency of War “Illustration of Ambivalence by Robert Neubecker for Ian Leslie’s ‘Ambivalence is Awesome’ on […]
28 Oct 2014
Waging Battle on The Anticorruption Frontline
The demand for good governance is on the rise everywhere, from Kiev to Sao Paulo, Paris to New Delhi. But has any measurable progress been made recently? Do we know which countries are succeeding and why? Do anticorruption experts and policy makers understand public concerns about corruption? The Anticorruption Frontline, the second volume of the […]
14 Jul 2014
The Invisible and the Immeasurable: Towards Alternative Indicators of Corruption
How suitable are current measures of corruption in terms of forming anti-corruption policies? From 26-27 June, anti-corruption researchers including many from the ANTICORRP project came together for a colloquium convened by Alena Ledenva (UCL) and Nicolas Sauger (Sciences Po) to hash out the usefulness of old indicators and the promise of new ones.
10 Jun 2014
Top Berlin Airport Official Accused of Bribery
Anti-corruption research has shown large infrastructure projects prone to corruption
27 May 2014
Why Eastern Europeans did not vote
ERCAS Director Professor Alina Mungiu-Pippidi on why Eastern Europeans did not vote in Sunday's European Parliament election.
23 May 2014
The Real Fight in Ukraine
by Niklas Kossow Since Victor Yanukovich fled Ukraine in February, the situation in the country has become more and more tense. After a highly disputed referendum, Russia annexed the Crimean peninsula and pro-Russian separatists have taken over the control of several cities in the east of the country. Ahead of the presidential elections on 25 […]
13 May 2014
Local Elections Closely Monitored by Montenegrin Civil Society
On 25 May, Montenegrins will vote in local elections in a number of cities including the capital, Podgorica. Analysts are framing the election as a “test” for the ruling Democratic Party of Socialists (DPS). In the run-up to the elections, Montenegrin civil society has been monitoring and reporting a number of irregularities. In the middle […]
07 May 2014
Vote Against Corruption?
Today’s elections in the Republic of South Africa may be a watershed moment as the ruling African National Congress (ANC) party is expected to lose support amid corruption scandals, and reports of election-related violence and coercion.
14 Apr 2014
Lessons from Sochi: getting civil society into the games
As the Rio 2016 workers’ strike enters its second week, why the IOC should insist on third-sector oversight in games planning.
04 Apr 2014
New Book: Corruption, Contention, and Reform: The Power of Deep Democratisation
Interview with author Michael Johnston
25 Mar 2014
New Grassroots Anti-corruption Revolutions Discussed at NED
National Endowment for Democracy hosted Alina Mungiu-Pippidi for a talk in Washington, DC that the demand for good governance erupting in grassroots movements in Egypt, India, Ukraine, Turkey and Brazil should be seen as a second phase of transition to democracy as global constituencies are no longer satisfied with elections alone and demand more equality of treatment from governments everywhere.
24 Mar 2014
Fighting Corruption, What Works and What Does Not
Speaking at OECD in Paris on 19 March 2014, at the Forum on Integrity within the Integrity Week program, ERCAS director Alina Mungiu-Pippidi shared evidence from the ANTICORRP program showing that government favoritism is structured on political lines in new democracies and bribe is frequently a way to open markets as multinational companies try to compete with domestic, politically connected companies.
21 Mar 2014
Misconceptions Distort Views of the Crisis in Crimea
The new hot battle currently erupting over Ukraine, which we are struggling to cool off, will end in another protracted conflict, as did the previous ones in Moldova, Georgia and Armenia. We are hurdling in that direction and might even view such a development as a success of our diplomacy. Here are some commonly portrayed misconceptions which are not helpful.
14 Mar 2014
Corruption Indicators, the Next Generation
EU FP7 ANTICORRP project researchers, anti-corruption experts and Hertie School Executive Master of Public Management students gathered in Berlin’s from 6-7 March for a workshop to discuss the continued development of second generation indicators.
24 Feb 2014
ERCAS Hosts Berlin ECFR Scorecard Launch
ERCAS and the Hertie School of Governance hosted the European Council on Foreign Relations (ECFR) for the Berlin launch of the 2014 edition of their annual European foreign policy scorecard. ERCAS Director Professor Alina Mungiu-Pippidi introduced the event by discussing inadequate European manoeuvring vis-à-vis Ukraine.
31 Jan 2014
Through Thick and Thin: Making EU aid to Egypt more effective in a turbulent political climate
By: Isabel Bucknall and Alex Odlum As demonstrated by the Muslim Brotherhood’s widespread boycott of this month’s constitutional referendum and the ensuing post-poll violence, it is clear that deep-seated political tensions are unlikely to recede swiftly in Egypt. The road to democracy will continue to be long and hard, and donor assistance efforts will have […]