Iraq’s Year of Rage

Article
October 2016
Iraqis of all ethnic and sectarian stripes are fed up with the ineptitude and corruption of their political leaders, parties, and government institutions.

Particularism’s Empire

Article
September 2016

A review of The Quest for Good Governance: How Societies Develop Control of Corruption by Alina Mungiu-Pippidi.

Latin America's New Turbulence: Crisis and Integrity in Brazil

Article
April 2016

Public anger at revelations of widespread corruption, along with the rising cost of coalition politics, has brought Brazilian president Dilma Rousseff to the brink of impeachment. Yet the crisis has also revealed the strength of the country’s law-enforcement and judicial institutions.

The Quest for Good Governance: Learning from Virtuous Circles

Article
January 2016

Are the “virtuous circles” crucial to good governance always the product of long-term developments under unique historical circumstances, or can they be started or accelerated by wise policies?

The Quest for Good Governance: Georgia’s Break with the Past

Article
January 2016

Much can be done to uproot graft when a major event such as the Rose Revolution sweeps in a determined new team on a wave of massive public support.

Indonesia’s 2014 Elections: Parliament and Patronage

Article
October 2014
Indonesia’s 2014 legislative elections went smoothly. Yet the “money politics” that featured so heavily in these contests suggests a grave need
to reform the country’s electoral system.

The Maidan and Beyond: Oligarchs, Corruption, and European Integration

Article
July 2014

Controlling corruption is a huge challenge for Ukraine, especially in the natural-gas industry. The steps needed are well understood, if only the political will to take them can be summoned.

The Legacies of 1989: The Transformative Power of Europe Revisited

Article
January 2014

Improving governance in the EU’s new member states remains a huge challenge for the European project. Why has the EU succeeded in promoting democracy among its postcommunist members but failed in promoting good governance?

Controlling Corruption Through Collective Action

Article
January 2013

Political competition by itself does not curb corruption. Societies must also have a combination of values, social capital, civil society, and civic culture in order to impose effective normative constraints on corruption.

Southeast Asia: Minding the Gap Between Democracy and Governance

Article
April 2012

Do democracy and good governance necessarily go hand-in-hand? In most Southeast Asian countries, a gap exists between the two. How should we understand good governance in an authoritarian context? And what does poor governance mean for the legitimacy of democracy?

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