Posts Tagged ‹corruption

Tuesday, August 13th, 2013

Risks of corruption and the management of EU funds in Romania

The suspension of EU payments in four operational programmes in 2012 showed how problematic Romania’s correct and effective management of EU funds is. Such funds aim primarily at decreasing the socio-economic disparities among EU members and support the economic convergence of less developed new EU members with their Western counterparts....
Sunday, July 1st, 2012

Clientelism: Electoral Forms and Functions in the Romanian Case Study

ABSTRACT The ambition of the study is to provide a description of the forms and functions of clientelism, thus looking at the differences between “rural” forms of clientelism that still rely on familiar brokerage, and their implications in terms of the power status of local bosses, and the “urban” forms of...
Saturday, July 2nd, 2011

Europeanization and Effective Democracy in Romania and Bulgaria

The drive towards Europe has been part of Romanian and Bulgarian political agenda, the syncope of communism apart, since the early days of state building and nation-building in the nineteenth century. This “’geocultural Bovarism,’ a disposition to leap frog” into Europe, was motivated by the “fear … that the country...
Thursday, June 30th, 2011

Beyond perception. Has Romania’s governance improved after 2004?

Post-communist countries embarked on their EU accession path with Transparency International scores below the lowest level in Western Europe and their culture was frequently described as entirely corrupt. Surveys on bribing cannot fully capture the systemic nature of East European corruption, which can be defined best as governance by particularism...

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