"When you can measure what you are speaking about, and express it in numbers, you know something about it; but when you cannot express it in numbers, your knowledge is of a meagre and unsatisfactory kind; it may be the beginning of knowledge, but you have scarcely, in your thoughts, advanced to the stage of science, whatever the matter may be."
Lord Kelvin

EU Funds’ curse? The impact of EU Funds on institutionalised grand corruption in CEE

Mihály Fazekas presented CRCB’s research at the launch event of the second ANTICORRP volume: The Anticorruption Frontline at the Hertie School of Governance in Berlin.

The presentation focused on the main findings of the chapter co-authored by CRCB researchers István Jánost Tóth and Mihály Fazekas. In addition, it also presented new research perspectives including the authors work using EU-wide public procurement data as well as the exciting new research grant they recently won, called DIGIWHIST: “The Digital Whistleblower. Fiscal Transparency, Risk Assessment and Impact of Good Governance Policies Assessed”. Susan Rose-Ackerman commented on the book chapter putting findings and methodology into a global perspective and underlining the need for further work until the CRCB approach becomes widely accepted.

The presentation also provided two contrasting two stories of corruption risks in Hungary: On the one hand, the World Governance Indicators’ Control of Corruption composite suggests that the level of corruption is Hungary has stayed the same (governance improvement in 2010-2012 is not significant). On the other hand, CRCB’s Corruption Risk Index shows stark increase in overall corruption risks throughout 2010-2012. See the graph below.