Through the lens of social constructionism: the development of innovative anti-corruption policies and practices in Bulgaria, Greece and Romania, 2000–2015

Bratu, Roxana, Sotiropoulos, Dimitri A and Stoyanova, Maya (2017) Through the lens of social constructionism: the development of innovative anti-corruption policies and practices in Bulgaria, Greece and Romania, 2000–2015. The Slavonic and East European Review, 95 (1). pp. 117-150. ISSN ‎0037-6795

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Abstract

The past decade has witnessed two distinct yet interconnected developments in the understanding, policy and practice of corruption studies. On the one hand, corruption has progressively been constructed as a major threat to economic and social development through the use of deceivingly simplistic Western-centric definitions,1
awareness campaigns and international perception-indexes that create the illusion of measuring real levels of corruption. Such developments have recently been criticized by academic observers and activists alike for presenting corruption as a country-specific issue, closely linked to the public sector. On the other hand, and perhaps counterintuitively, anti-corruption efforts have been decontextualized, focusing on generic fixes that typically involve the public sector. This one-size-fits-all approach has not produced impressive results, and has come under attack for ignoring the historical context and function of contemporary states.

Item Type: Article
Schools and Departments: School of Law, Politics and Sociology > Politics
Subjects: J Political Science
J Political Science > JF Political institutions (General)
Depositing User: Roxana Bratu
Date Deposited: 05 Feb 2019 16:52
Last Modified: 02 Jul 2019 13:03
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/81775

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