PUBLIC PROCUREMENT & GRAND CORRUPTION

This project analyses transparency, the risk of corruption and collusion, and spending efficiency in government contracting. To these ends, it develops innovative Big Data methods for capturing and structuring official contract-level public procurement information, linking the procurement data to other administrative databases such as company registries, while it also creates a set of objective indicators describing actor behaviour.
The geographical scope of this work has gradually expanded from Hungary and Eastern Europe to a global scale encompassing 35 European countries, the US, Brazil and Russia. In 2016, we have also launched a research project analysing development aid-funded procurement in Asia …

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THE QUALITY OF LEGISLATION ACROSS EUROPE

This project analyses the quality of legislation and parliamentary work in Europe with the aim of designing a set of data collection and analytical tools which can be deployed globally. It develops innovative big data technologies for capturing micro-level law-making information on individual laws, MPs, and political parties; while it also designs objective indicators of legislative quality and state capture risks. We understand the quality of legislation as defined by the balance between, on the one hand, providing stability and predictability for citizens, companies, and government bodies, and on the other hand, allowing for flexible adaptation to changing social, economic, …

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