Pillar 1 Nature, Causes & Mechanisms of Corruption

Pillar 1 asks how we can define corruption and understand the social mechanisms enabling corruption and preventing the formal institutions of good governance taking root in a given society or regime. Corruption in all work packages under this pillar, regardless if approached by historians, anthropologists or political scientists, is treated as a dependent variable.Lead organisation: European University Institute

Pillar Leader: Professor Donatella della Porta

This pillar includes:

Work Package 1 Social, legal, anthropological and political approaches to theory of corruption

Work Package 2 History of corruption in comparative perspective

Work Package 4 The ethnographic study of corruption practices


Pillar 2 Perceptions and Experiences of Corruption

Pillar 2 undertakes extensive original data collection on perceptions and experiences of corruption in the EU and worldwide. This data and case studies are used to analyze conditions under which accountability mechanisms and bureaucratic structures can contain corruption and improve government. Lead organisation: Quality of Government Institute 

Pillar Leader: Dr. Monika Bauhr

This pillar includes:

Work Package 5 Pan-European survey on quality of government and corruption at national and regional level

Work Package 7 Individual values and motivations to engage against corruption

Work Package 11 Building accountability: transparency, civil service and administrative responses


Pillar 3 Impact of Corruption

Pillar 3 investigates the links of corruption with media and organized crime and focuses on the implications of policy outcomes for specific professional and social groups. It also examines the social and fiscal costs of corruption. Lead organisation: University College London

Pillar Leader: Professor Alena V. Ledeneva

This pillar includes:

Work Package 6 Media and corruption

Work Package 9 Organised crime and impact on vulnerable groups 


Pillar 4 Policy Responses to Corruption

Pillar 4 will investigate the development and impact of responses to corruption. It will analyse the policies of government and inter-governmental actors, assessing the adoption and implementation of legal instruments against corruption and explaining their impact or lack thereof. In this pillar, the importance of gender and especially women’s political representation will be central. It will also examine the responses of society as a whole; for instance, NGOs, grassroots movements, politicians, and businesses.Lead organisation: Hertie School of Governance

Pillar Leader: Professor Alina Mungiu-Pippidi

This pillar includes:

Work Package 3 Corruption and governance improvement in global and continental perspectives

Work Package 8 Corruption, assistance and development

Work Package 10 Monitoring and enforcing anti-corruption legislation in Europe