UCL School of Slavonic and East European Studies (SSEES)





Key Facts

  • ANTICORRP is a large-scale research project funded by the European Commission’s Seventh Framework Program and its largest social sciences' grant (€10 million).
  • The full name of the project is 'Anticorruption Policies Revisited: Global Trends and European Responses to the Challenge of Corruption'.
  • The central objective of ANTICORRP is to investigate factors that promote or hinder the development of effective anti-corruption policies.
  • The project started in March 2012 and will last for five years. The project consists of 21 research groups in 16 EU countries.
  • The project combines global scope with local expertise, using quantitative methods to identify 'over-performing' and 'under-performing' countries in relation to their progress towards less corrupt governance regimes.
  • Special emphasis is placed on EU member states, accession and neighbourhood countries, and developing countries that receive significant EU aid.

UCL's Role

Professor Alena Ledeneva is leader of Pillar 3 - one of four main pillars of the project - which investigates the links of corruption with media and organised 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. She also supervises work packages WP6 and WP9.

Dr Andrew Wilson takes part in research into governance improvement, specifically the positive case of Georgia and the negative case of Ukraine.

Dr Seán Hanley and Dr Allan Sikk are contributing to work on channels of democratic accountability, focusing in particular on anti-corruption and anti-establishment platforms of new political parties across Central and Eastern Europe using a blend of qualitative and quantitative methods.

In addition, there are two research associates working on the project. Dr Roxana Bratu coordinates the activity of ANTICORRP at UCL. She works on integrity, corruption, transnational aid flows and entrepreneurship in Romania, Ukraine and other former soviet countries. Dr Philipp Köker works together with Dr Sikk and Dr Hanley on research into new political parties and electoral mobilisation against corruption in Europe and assists with the dissemination of findings.

Dr Elena Denisova-Schmidt is currently a FP7 Visiting Fellow at SSEES. Her work concerns corruption and informal practices in Russia and Ukraine, focusing on the educational sector and the business environment.

The FP7 project will run for five years from March 2012 to March 2017.

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