State capture is a combination of different forms of corruption which have a single objective: to secure wholesale and long-term privileges to captors by exploiting the power of governments for private benefit.
Since state capture is a deeply hidden phenomenon, most of the evidence for its presence is highly anecdotal and qualitative in nature. Reliable quantitative estimates are few and the ones that exist focus on vulnerabilities and symptoms of state capture rather than direct measurement of the phenomenon which is considered impossible. However, the key characteristic of state capture is the public traces it leaves behind. Thus, the methodology for State Capture Assessment Diagnostics (SCAD) presented in the current manual focuses on the state capture’s specific features: dimensions, enablers, drivers, effects and outcomes.
The current manual is prepared under the R2G4P initiative, coordinated by the Center for the Study of Democracy, Bulgaria and benefiting from a grant from Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway through the EEA and Norway Grants Fund for Regional Cooperation.