The European Research Centre for Anti-corruption and State-building (ERCAS) is located in Berlin, Germany. It was established at the Hertie School of Governance in 2012 as an institution where state-building and corruption are studied from a state-society perspective, with a focus on the interplay of formal and informal institutions, governance regimes, norm transitions and the role of ethics.
We see it as our mission to design, develop and promote a new generation of evidence-based anti-corruption and state-building programmes grounded in a broader society, not just limited to governments and public administration. We believe that transitions from corrupt regimes to a system based on ethical universalism is a political and not a technical-legal process, and that this process has to be driven by domestic actors who stand to lose from corruption. Identifying such actors, studying their strategies, supporting processes of learning and empowerment can lead to the sustainable building of non-corrupt governance regimes.
Core objectives are: