Corruption in the Public Sector (CorPuS)

A multi-country experimental study researching corruption in the public sector worldwide

Public sector corruption is a critical yet severely understudied phenomenon worldwide. The CorPuS project is a non-commercial, non-commissioned pro-bono scientific research project driven by an international network of academic researchers who are passionate about understanding public sector corruption and about finding effective solutions for practice.

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The CorPuS project was initiated by Kristina S. Weißmüller, Lode De Waele, and Arjen van Witteloostuijn who also coordinate the project as principle investigators. Collectively, the CorPuS research consortium consists of 21 researchers based in 20 universities and academic research institutes in 15 countries worldwide in the first wave of the project. In 2020, we started raising data in five additional countries (second wave).

On the map below, the blue countries and regions are part of the first wave of the CorPuS project (2018-), the green countries joined for the second wave (2020-).

CorPuS countries

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Principal researchers & project managers

Kristina S. Weißmüller, KPM Center for Public Management, Universität Bern, Switzerland
Lode De Waele, Universiteit Antwerpen, Belgium
Arjen van Witteloostuijn, School of Business and Economics, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Collaborators (First wave 2018-)

Catherine Althaus, Robert K. Christensen, Ting GONG, Dennis Hilgers, Fabian Homberg, Mei-Jen HUNG, Sang-Mook KIM , Kristoffer Kolltveit, Ming-Feng KUO, Jenny Lewis, Fabio Monteduro, Janine O’Flynn, Guillem Ripoll Pascual, Adrian Ritz, Lisa Schmidthuber, Dong Chul SHIM, Tsai-tsu SU, Jeannette Taylor, Richard Walker, Hanyu XIAO, & Sunny Litianqing YANG.