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Corruption in Higher Education: Some Findings from the States of the Former Soviet Union


  • Georgy Petrov
  • Paul Temple


Many observers have noted that corruption in higher education is widespread in the states of the former Soviet Union. Little empirical evidence is available, however. This article examines some theoretical approaches to the study of corruption, and presents empirical data on corruption in higher education from Russia and Azerbaijan, collected by the authors, in the light of these theoretical positions. While both states examined here have a common political heritage, higher education corruption appears to be of a diverging character in the two states. We suggest that social capital offers a helpful theory in understanding the varying levels of corruption encountered in the two states. Social capital theory also perhaps suggests that significant reductions in the extent of corruption will not be achieved by purely technical means (such as changes in organisational arrangements), but require a broader approach to achieve a strengthened civil society....

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  • Georgy Petrov & Paul Temple, 2004. "Corruption in Higher Education: Some Findings from the States of the Former Soviet Union," Higher Education Management and Policy, OECD Publishing, vol. 16(1), pages 83-99.
  • Handle: RePEc:oec:edukaa:5lmqcr2jdl5g

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    1. Ararat Osipian, 2010. "Corrupt Organizational Hierarchies in the Former Soviet Bloc," Transition Studies Review, Springer;Central Eastern European University Network (CEEUN), vol. 17(4), pages 822-836, December.
    2. Osipian, Ararat, 2007. "Higher education corruption in the world media: Prevalence, patterns, and forms," MPRA Paper 8475, University Library of Munich, Germany.
    3. Sabic-El-Rayess, Amra, 2016. "Merit matters: Student perceptions of faculty quality and reward," International Journal of Educational Development, Elsevier, vol. 47(C), pages 1-19.
    4. Osipian, Ararat, 2008. "Corruption in Russia’s Doctoral Education," MPRA Paper 11138, University Library of Munich, Germany.
    5. Osipian, Ararat, 2007. "Misdeeds in the US higher education: Illegality versus corruption," MPRA Paper 8471, University Library of Munich, Germany.
    6. Osipian, Ararat, 2007. "Коррупция В Высшем Образовании: Сша, Россия, Великобритания
      [Corruption in Higher Education: US, Russia, UK]
      ," MPRA Paper 20215, University Library of Munich, Germany, revised 22 Jan 2010.
    7. Osipian, Ararat, 2007. "Vouchers, tests, loans, privatization: Will they help (fight) higher education corruption in Russia?," MPRA Paper 7595, University Library of Munich, Germany.
    8. Osipian, Ararat, 2007. "“Feed from the Service”: Corruption and Coercion in the State—University Relations in Central Eurasia," MPRA Paper 10818, University Library of Munich, Germany.
    9. Osipian, Ararat, 2009. "Education Corruption, Reform, and Growth: Case of Post-Soviet Russia," MPRA Paper 17447, University Library of Munich, Germany.
    10. Osipian, Ararat, 2008. "Corruption of the Politicized University: Lessons from the Orange Revolution in Ukraine," MPRA Paper 11312, University Library of Munich, Germany.

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