'Europe’s Burden is highly topical, analytical and entertaining. The book represents social sciences at their best, offering impressive empirical insights and enlightening theoretical reflections. Alina Mungiu-Pippidi shows the importance of anti-corruption policies and the EU’s poor record in designing and implementing them. Her policy recommendations are detailed and sound. This book should be read by the new European Commission and all students of public policy and international relations.'
Jan Zielonka - University of Oxford
'There are revolutions 'from above', revolutions 'from below' and also the mysterious revolutions 'from abroad' where foreign assistance is a major revolutionary force. How successful the European Union is (and could be) in its attempts to improve the governance of foreign countries is the fundamental question this very important and thoroughly researched book has dared to answer.'
Ivan Krastev - Chairman of the Centre for Liberal Strategies, Sofia and Institut für die Wissenschaften vom Menschen (IWM), Vienna
'A blistering and contrarian critique of EU anti-corruption efforts from one of the field’s leading authorities. Based on extensive quantitative data spanning both EU member states and a large number of the union’s external partners, the book’s findings have troubling implications for the future of EU good governance strategies - and deserve to be considered with the utmost seriousness.'
Richard Youngs - Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, Europe