New PDF release: A Culture of Corruption: Coping With Government in

By William Lockley Miller

ISBN-10: 963911698X

ISBN-13: 9789639116986

Established upon surveys and interviews with executive officers and voters, this booklet makes a speciality of concerns comparable to bribery, corruption, inefficiency and freedom of knowledge in Ukraine, Bulgaria, Slovakia and the Czech Republic. The authors transcend an research of public perceptions and behavior and consider public attitudes in the direction of proposals for reform. They demonstrate how the matter of electorate' interactions with officers varies in sort in addition to in measure around the nations of vital and jap Europe.

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Victims under-report crime because they have little confidence in the police, and the police under-record reported crime to make their record look better. Official corruption statistics are even less reliable than other crime statistics because,as Richard Lotspeich notes, ‘no party to the transaction has much incentive to report it’88and, he might have added,the police are often involved init themselves. Moreover, there is a general problem of content that afflicts all studies based on anecdotal, media, or official data about bureaucratic encounters.

But in any case, there are advantages and disadvantages with most methodologies and a survey research approach can solve some of the problems that other methods cannot. A variety of other methods have beenused to study bureaucraticencountersand/orcorruptionunder communist and post-communist regimes, including: 0 0 0 0 0 an author’s personal impressions and anecdotes-some personal, some drawn non-systematically from press stories; direct observation-using ethnographic or investigative reporting techniques; systematic analysis of press cuttings; officialstatistics; cross-national correlations or similar statistical analyses of country-level statistics.

Freedom might be interpreted as lack of any constraint, internal or external, and in the same chaoticconditionsstreet-levelofficialsmightfeellessconstrained in their behaviour also. If so, then the ‘escape from domination’ model would imply an explosion in corrupt practices that was not due to the dead hand of history but to its opposite, the removal of constraint. 82 It is easy to interpret corruptionin post-communist Europe as simply an extension ofthe corruption that existed under communism.

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