By William Lockley Miller

ISBN-10: 963911698X

ISBN-13: 9789639116986

Established upon surveys and interviews with govt officers and electorate, this booklet makes a speciality of concerns comparable to bribery, corruption, inefficiency and freedom of data in Ukraine, Bulgaria, Slovakia and the Czech Republic. The authors transcend an research of public perceptions and behavior and think about public attitudes in the direction of proposals for reform. They show how the matter of electorate' interactions with officers varies in type in addition to in measure around the international locations of critical and jap Europe.

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Thus the differences between countries in terms o f corruption experiences is actually greaterthan in termsof corruption perceptions: in places where there is rumoured to be less corruption than elsewhere, thereis actually very much less. The trouble with over-reliance on the ‘anecdotes and perceptions’ approachis not just that it is insufficiently quantitative, and not just that it exaggerates the extent and importance of low-level corruption, but that it fails to discriminate sufficiently. At worstit can lead to the vague and misleading over-generalisation that ‘thereis corruption everywhere’ and then to the enervating conclusion that ‘nothing can be done to eliminate it’.

Across anecdotal evidence of university staff (not in Ukraine) who had been in one case ostracised by their colleagues, andin another savagely beaten up, for refusing to join the system of taking bribes to award unearned grades. ”~ Given that the people were not convinced communists, the only long-term option for the survival of the system was to ‘reform the people’-not impossible perhaps but very difficult and ultimately unsuccessful. In a similar way, if corruption is based upon a ‘culture of corruption’ and hasthe full support o f the people thenit can only be changed significantly by ‘reforming the people’.

In a similar way, if corruption is based upon a ‘culture of corruption’ and hasthe full support o f the people thenit can only be changed significantly by ‘reforming the people’. But there is no reasonto believe, without investigation,that even the most pervasive corruption reflects a genuine ‘culture of corruption’. If if the parpervasive corruptionis not based on a ‘culture of corruption’, ticipants are merely ‘victims of circumstance’, then it is sufficient to reform the institutions and the environment.

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