Valts Kalniņš


Valts Kalniņš is assistant professor at the University of Latvia. Since 1999 he has done many researches in the fields of Good Governance and Anti-Corruption, for example, analyzed management of state enterprises in Latvia and completed a comparative research on lobbying rules in Central and Eastern European countries.

Valts has often provided consultations asked for by OECD as well as other international and national institutions. He is a leading author on the researches done by the OECD Anti-Corruption Network for Eastern Europe and Central Asia „Prevention of Corruption in the Public Sector in Eastern Europe and Central Asia” (2015) and „Business Integrity in Eastern Europe and Central Asia” (2016). In 2017 Valts prepared an evaluation of six Western Balkan country anticorruption policies for an OECD publication “Competitiveness in South East Europe: A Policy Outlook”. As a consultant in Council of Europe projects he has analyzed declaration systems of the state officials, prevention of conflict of interests, ethics of state service and whistle blower protection issues in Armenia, Belarus, Georgia, Kosovo, Moldova and Ukraine as well as lead trainings on checking of declarations of state officials and other corruption prevention issues.

Valts has a University of Latvia PhD degree in Political Science.


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Study on Business Integrity in Eastern Europe and Central Asia 

Author:Valts Kalnins

This study is aimed at strengthening integrity in the business sector, especially anti-corruption measures in and for the private sector. Read

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Process-tracing study report on Estonia 3

Author:Valts Kalniņš

A study providing insights into some of the anti-corruption reforms undertaken and the roles of their proponents.


Trial Statistics for Offences Committed in Public Service 1

Author:Valts Kalniņš

Statistics of corruption in public service in Latvia 2004 - 2013 on the number of cases, tried public officials and the size of bribes.

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Corruption in Estonia 1

Author:Valts Kalniņš

Background paper analysing the successes and failures of Estonia’s anti-corruption policy.


Korupcijas °C. Krievijas pretkorupcijas cīņa: reformas, aktīvisms un nopūlējušies valdītāji 3

Author:Ivans Niņenko

Bijušais Krievijas Federācijas prezidents Dmitrijs Medvedevs iekļāva pretkorupcijas
cīņu savas politiskās darba kārtības prioritāšu vidū. Kāda bija Medvedeva pretkorupcijas politikas attīstība un rezultāti?

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The Latvian game changer : uncertain but possible 1

Author:Valts Kalniņš

The decision of the President Valdis Zatlers, on May 28, to initiate the dissolution of the parliament sent shockwaves throughout the Latvian public space. The trigger event was the parliament’s failure to lift the immunity of the MP Ainārs Šlesers in the proposed searching of his place of residence. This Policy Brief gives the background.


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Transparency - the Real Key to Effective Lobbying 

Author:Valts Kalniņš

The whole objective of what we would call “legitimate lobbying” is to exercise democratic rights in a transparent and open way. If you once offer or accept bribes or any incentive then that is a criminal offence rather than lobbying. Read

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Benchmarks, anyone? 

Author:Valts Kalniņš

Politicians’ rhetoric on the reportedly slow or inefficient work of the Bureau for Preventing and Combating Corruption (BPCC) is arbitrary and subjects the bureau to political pressure. Instead, transparent criteria to evaluate the BPCC need to be developed. Alas, the government does not have an approved strategy or programme on combating corruption yet. Read

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Judging Lady Justice 

Author:Valts Kalniņš

Even though judges know perfectly well that corruption is unlawful and should be denounced, we do not see much readiness to take active steps when the honesty of a colleague has been called into question. Read