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Monitoring and Responding to Radicalisation Trends and Risks
The terrorist attacks in Paris from 2015 underscored the importance of a holistic policy approach to countering radicalisation that might lead to violence in Europe and beyond, and signaled the need for reassessment of the effectiveness of existing measures. more »
 
Regional Media in Bulgaria: Limits of Survival
In 2015 the Center for the Study of Democracy conducted a survey of 179 regional media with internet platforms across all districts in Bulgaria (with the exception of Sofia city and Sofia district). The survey revealed some alarming trends with potentially damaging consequences for regional media outlets. more »
 
Privatization of Security in Transforming Societies
The flourishing private security sector in Southeast Europe has received little attention in international and domestic policy debates on security governance despite the growing challenges and opportunities it presents to ensuring security as a public good in new democracies. more »
 
Dynamics of Conventional Crime in Bulgaria 2014 – 2015
Crime rates in 2014 decreased compared to the record high levels of 2012. Nevertheless, the conventional crime rate remained one of the highest since 2004. Over the past year, more victims reported crimes - a sign of relative increase of confidence in the police. At the same time, there is a continuing discrepancy between data of the victimisation surveys and official police statistics. more »
 
Countering Radicalisation in Southeast and Central Europe through Development of (Counter-) Radicalisation Monitoring Tool
On 29th and 30th of June 2015 the Center for the Study of Democracy hosted the first workshop along the international initiative for development of a tool for monitoring of radicalisation trends in South East and Central Europe. more »
 
China’s Anti-Corruption Drive
Viewed by the current leadership as a major threat to the country’s social and economic development, corruption remains one of China’s most pressing concerns. To discuss the scope and complexity of the Chinese anti-corruption campaign and its results and outcomes, on 25 June 2015 the Center for the Study of Democracy hosted a delegation from the China Center for Contemporary World Studies (CCCWS) for the third time. more »
 
New Policy Evaluation Tool for Monitoring Anticorruption Enforcement
That it is the enforcement of anticorruption policies which needs to be prioritised is now de rigueur in the anticorruption community. This received wisdom, however, has not been followed up by the development of advanced tools for monitoring this enforcement. Both policies and measurements of corruption have remained at the general societal level, with little focus on specific loci, actors or circumstances. In order to upgrade its effectiveness, the anticorruption effort needs to concentrate on the most appropriate level – the individual public organisation. more »
 
Monitoring Anticorruption Policy Implementation: Methodology and First Steps
The Monitoring Anticorruption Policy Implementation (MACPI) supplies evaluators and policy makers with a precision instrument for assessing the design and impact of anticorruption policies at the point of their actual enforcement – the individual public organisation. MACPI is capable of identifying the specific zones of corruption vulnerability in public organisations and assessing the policies that target these vulnerabilities. more »
 
Monitoring Anticorruption Policy Implementation
On 2 June 2015 the Center for the Study of Democracy held a round table to present the Monitoring Anticorruption Policy Implementation (MACPI) tool and the results of its application in the Bulgarian Border Police. more »
 
Round Table: Overcoming Institutional Gaps to Tackle Illicit Financing
On 12 May 2015, the Center for the Study of Democracy (CSD) organised a round table discussion entitled Institutional Measures to Counter the Financing of Organised Crime to debate the current state of the criminal markets in Bulgaria, particularly the smuggling of illegal cigarettes, the drug market and VAT fraud, as well as the practices used to curb these markets applied rather inconsistently in recent years. more »
 

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