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State Capture of the Post-Socialist State: Challenges to European Integration


  • Andrei Nonchev

    () (University of National and World Economy, Sofia, Bulgaria)


The paper discusses alternative trajectories of post-socialist societal transformations, with an emphasis on a specific state of society designated as "state capture". It presents a theoretical model of the interaction between public institutions, power networks and their rational political and economic strategies/actions to capture the state. This model interprets the state capture not as an anonymous actorless process, but as a rational pursuit of specific strategies for acquisition, concentration and preservation of political and economic power and extraction of economic benefits/rents. The implementation of these strategies involves the formation and operation of the politico-economic power networks that seek to control key public legislative, executive and judiciary institutions. These processes are not random and sporadic deviations but have a systematic nature and significant political, economic and social consequences. They pose a serious challenge to the EU integration of the post-socialist countries.

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  • Andrei Nonchev, 2019. "State Capture of the Post-Socialist State: Challenges to European Integration," Nauchni trudove, University of National and World Economy, Sofia, Bulgaria, issue 3, pages 203-213, November.
  • Handle: RePEc:nwe:natrud:y:2019:i:3:p:203-213

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    state capture; politico-economic power networks; European integration; rule of law; corruption;
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    JEL classification:

    • A1 - General Economics and Teaching - - General Economics
    • B4 - Schools of Economic Thought and Methodology - - Economic Methodology
    • F0 - International Economics - - General
    • H11 - Public Economics - - Structure and Scope of Government - - - Structure and Scope of Government
    • P3 - Economic Systems - - Socialist Institutions and Their Transitions


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