Elites and Corruption in European Democracies

  • Ina KubbeEmail author
Part of the Vergleichende Politikwissenschaft book series (VGPO)


Democracy does not guarantee clean and transparent governance at all and data shows that democratic systems are still fighting corruption, even in the European Union that is oft en seen as free of corruption. Yet, frequent scandals illustrate that corruption is a serious problem in nearly all European Union states and that Europe’s citizens are very concerned about the situation. The majority is highly dissatisfied with the way governments are tackling the corruption risk. Thus, it appears that the disparity between the demands of the citizens and actions of their political leaders requires further research and raises the following question: What are the challenges for the political elite to fight corruption in Europe? Based on qualitative and quantitative secondary data on assessments of corruption, the paper demonstrates that a strong political leadership is essential in anti-corruption policy design and implementation of regulatory governance reforms. It highlights how important transparent, accountable and responsible actions of political leaders are for the reduction of corruption and the building of citizen’s trust in politics. The article shows that the application of anti-corruption principles and regulations depends greatly on the choices made by politicians and top managers of the ministries and regulatory agencies.


Political Party Public Official Political Leader Political Elite Veto Player 
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  1. 1.Tel AvivIsrael

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