1st Edition

Fighting Corruption in Eastern Europe A Multilevel Perspective

Edited By Diana Schmidt-Pfister, Holger Moroff Copyright 2012
    232 Pages
    by Routledge

    232 Pages
    by Routledge

    Anti-corruption programmes, projects and campaigns have come to constitute an essential aspect of good governance promotion over the last two decades. The post-communist countries in Eastern Europe have presented one of the first key targets of transnational anti-corruption efforts, and indeed most of these countries have shown an impressive record of respective measures. Yet path-breaking institutional and policy developments have not set in before the mid-2000s both at the international level and in most Eastern European countries. Are these the beginnings of a mutually synergetic success story?

    In order to answer this question, we need to better understand the complex interplay between the international and domestic domains in this policy field and geographic region. This book provides in-depth and comparative insights about this interplay, with a particular focus on the involvement of domestic social movements, governmental political machines and international legal mechanisms. We find that, on all three levels of analysis, political and material interests of relevant actors are complemented and at times contradicted by normative claims. Moreover, at the interfaces of the three levels, coincidental and spontaneous developments have largely outweighed systematic implementation and coordination of appropriate anti-corruption strategies.

    This book is based on a special issue of Global Crime.

    I Introduction

    1. Multilevel Anti-corruption in Theory and Practice, Holger Moroff, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, NC, USA, Diana Schmidt-Pfister, Center of Excellence "Cultural Foundations of Integration", University of Konstanz, Konstanz, Germany.

    II International Efforts

    2. Assessing Eastern Europe’s Anti-Corruption Performance: Views from the Council of Europe, OECD and Transparency International, Sebastian Wolf, Department of Politics and Management, University of Konstanz, Konstanz, Germany.

    3. The European Union and the Fight against Corruption in its Near Abroad. Can it make a difference?, Tanja A. Börzel, Center for European Integration, Freie Universität Berlin, Germany, Andreas Stahn, DFG Collaborative Research Center 700, Freie Universität Berlin, Berlin, Germany, Yasemin Pamuk, DFG Collaborative Research Center 700, Freie Universität Berlin, Berlin, Germany.

    III National Experiences

    4. Post-Accession Malaise? EU Conditionality, Domestic Politics and Anti-Corruption Policy in Hungary, Agnes Batory, Department of Public Policy, Central European University, Budapest, Hungary.

    5. National and International Anti-Corruption Efforts: The Case of Poland, Kaja Gadowska, Institute of Sociology, Jagiellonian University, Krakow, Poland.

    6. The 2007 accession of Bulgaria and Romania: ritual and reality, Kalin Ivanov, Department of Politics and International Relations, University of Oxford, Oxford, UK.

    7. Anti-corruption interventions in Georgia, Lili Di Puppo, European Viadrina University, Frankfurt (Oder), Germany.

    8. Elite Perceptions of Anti-Corruption Efforts in Ukraine, Åse Berit Grødeland, Rights, Democracy and Development Division, Christian Michelsen Institute, Bergen, Norway.

    9. Experience vs. Perception of Corruption. Russia as a Test Case, Richard Rose, Centre for the Study of Public Policy, University of Aberdeen, Aberdeen, Scotland, UK, William Mishler, Department of Political Science, University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ, USA.

    IV Critical Reflections

    10. Civil Society between the Stools (OPTIONAL, IF THERE IS ENOUGH SPACE), Diana Schmidt-Pfister, Center of Excellence "Cultural Foundations of Integration", University of Konstanz, Konstanz, Germany

    11. The Anti-Corruption Industry: From Movement to Institution, Steven Sampson, Department of Social Anthropology, Lund University, Lund, Sweden.

    V Conclusion

    12. The intricate interplay of Multilevel Anti-Corruption, Holger Moroff, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, NC, USA.


    Diana Schmidt-Pfister is a researcher at the Centre of Excellence ‘Cultural Foundations of Integration’ at the University of Konstanz, Germany. Her research focuses on normative change at the nexus of governance and culture. Her book Transnational Advocacy on the Ground (Manchester University Press, 2010) assesses transnational anti-corruption promotion in Russia.

    Holger Moroff is DAAD professor of political science at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill. His research and publications focuse on comparative political corruption and the internationalization of anti-corruption regimes as well as on security theories and European integration.