ANTICORRP project researchers, anti-corruption experts and Hertie School Executive Master of Public Management students gathered in Berlin from 6-7 March for a workshop dedicated to Work Package 8 entitled “Corruption Assistance and Development”. The discussion focused on the development of second generation corruption indicators to help deconstruct, define and defeat corrupt behavior. SAR was represented by staff members Madalina Doroftei and Valentina Dimulescu.
The workshop began with a lively panel discussion on current indicators chaired by Professor Alina Mungiu-Pippidi, featuring: Francesca Recanatini (World Bank), Finn Heinrich (Transparency International), Professor Lucio Picci (University of Bologna), Professor Richard Rose (University of Strathclyde) and Professor Eric M. Uslaner (University of Maryland).
Panelists focused on several widely used, but often criticized perception-based corruption indicators: the World Bank’s Worldwide Governance Indicators, Transparency International’s Corruption Perception Index (CPI) and Global Corruption Barometer. Recanatini noted that because the CPI is published every year and receives considerable media coverage, countries which under-perform frequently attempt to make changes only to appease the survey, not to actually improve governance. Several researchers argued that more nuanced, quantitative, context-specific indicators are needed to both accurately measure corruption across time and to ultimately recommend policy changes.
Following the workshop, researchers from Work Package 8 met to discuss the applicability of the new indicators on their own work, which will include research on public procurement in the infrastructure sector in a number of EU member states.
The ANTICORRP project is funded by the European Commission’s 7th Framework Programme.