Mihály Fazekas – Elizabeth Dávid-Barrett (2015): Corruption Risks in UK Public Procurement and New Anti-Corruption Tools. GTI-R/2015:01, Budapest: Government Transparency Institute.
The UK government has taken a number of important steps to ensure that public procurement is conducted to the highest standards, and to make procurement markets more competitive. The work of the Crown Commercial Service has substantially professionalised public procurement while reforms to rules around open data have made the UK government one of the most transparent in the world. This paper does not seek to detract from those initiatives, but rather makes the case for reflecting on the changes underway and the interrelations among initiatives, furthermore for putting in place some new tools to ensure that open data best serves the interest of the society. This paper shows how qualitative and quantitative methods can be used to analyse corruption risk.