Rotten States?: Corruption, Post-Communism, and Neoliberalism (Paperback)Leslie Holmes (author)
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Drawing on data including surveys commissioned especially for this study, Holmes examines the causes and consequences of official corruption as well as ways of combating it. He focuses particular attention on the timing of the recent increase in reports of corruption, the relationship between post-communism and corruption, and the interplay between corruption and the delegitimation and weakening of the state. Holmes argues that the global turn toward neoliberalism-with its focus on ends over means, flexibility, and a reduced role for the state-has generated much of the corruption in post-communist states. At the same time, he points out that neoliberalism is perhaps the single most powerful tool for overcoming the communist legacy, which is an even more significant cause of corruption. Among the conclusions that Holmes draws is that a strong democratic state is needed in the early stages of the transition from communism in order to prevent corruption from taking hold.
Publisher: Duke University Press
Number of pages: 440
Weight: 640 g
Dimensions: 235 x 156 x 27 mm
"This is a well-documented book based on keen comparisons of the corruption that permeates several Central and Eastern European countries, their institutions, their organizations, and their cadres. Combining these elements, Leslie Holmes offers stimulating insights that move us closer to a theory of corruption."-Harry Makler, Professor Emeritus, University of Toronto, and Visiting Scholar, Stanford University