European Journal on Criminal Policy and Research

, Volume 22, Issue 3, pp 415–438 | Cite as

Measuring Control of Corruption by a New Index of Public Integrity



While the last 20 years saw the invention of corruption rankings, allowing comparison between countries and the shaming of corrupt governments, such measurements are largely based on the perceptions of experts, lacking both specificity and transparency. New research, based on a comprehensive theory of governance defined as the set of formal and informal institutions determining who gets what in a given context, allow for more specific and objective, albeit indirect, measurements of control of corruption. Such measurements focus on the institutional framework which empowers public integrity and eliminates many current anti-corruption tools, while validating others. Most importantly, it provides a broader specific context which can empower reforms based on evidence and a clear measure to determine status and progress of corruption control.


Anti-corruption policy Corruption Measurement Public integrity 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Hertie School of GovernanceBerlinGermany

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