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Chapter 4: Curbing Post-Communist Corruption: External Pressure vs. Domestic Commitment

  • Leslie HolmesEmail author
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Abstract

At the end of the 1990s, the World Bank rated the CIS (Commonwealth of Independent States) the most corrupt region in the world, while Central and Eastern Europe and the Baltics, though not as bad, were not far behind. Since that assessment, the situation has improved in much of the post-communist world, but not as much as would be hoped for. This chapter investigates the perceived and experienced corruption in four post-communist states – Russia, two countries admitted to the EU in 2007 (Bulgaria and Romania), and one non-EU country that has been the star performer in terms of reducing corruption, Georgia. It is demonstrated that, while there is evidence that under the pressure of the EU, corruption levels did improve somewhat in Bulgaria and Romania in the years immediately preceding and after their admission to the EU, domestic political will and capacity are ultimately crucial for success.

Keywords

Corruption Perception Index Corruption Level Syrian Refugee Corrupt Official Global Competitiveness Report 
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  1. 1.School of Social and Political Sciences, University of MelbourneMelbourneAustralia

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