Public Integrity and Trust in Europe

This report provides an analysis of the relations between trust and public integrity.

The results showed that citizens define corruption broadly as they look at a societies capacity to value merit (hard work and competence) as a source of success instead of (political) connections. The report provides an alternative to the use of subjective perceptions of trust and corruption by providing 6 quantitative indicators that can explain corruption control within countries.

The results presented are intended to serve as input for the Dutch Presidency of the European Union in the first half of 2016. It is part of the ongoing international dialogue on strengthening evidence based integrity and anti-corruption policies for the public administration.