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Rentseeking Behavior in Systems with a Complex Structure
[Рентоориентированное Поведение В Системах Со Сложной Структурой]

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  • Levin, Mark (Левин, Марк)

    () (Russian Presidential Academy of National Economy and Public Administration (RANEPA))

  • Shilova, Nadezhda V. (Шилова, Надежда)

    () (Russian Presidential Academy of National Economy and Public Administration (RANEPA); National Research University Higher School of Economics)

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The paper contains a review of works on rentseeking with special attention paid to political corruption and corruptive networks. We also present here a theoretical model of rentseeking behavior in complex systems. The results of the model are tested not as it is usually done by speculative data about volumes of corruption, but on mass media reports about anticorruption measures in Russia. We used this data because Russian mass media is dependent on the few powerful interest groups, so through analyzing the texts we can derive which interest groups these are. As it was predicted for the developing countries in Africa, we fund out that these groups are Army and Police. This proves that in developing countries political stability is supported not by economic development, but by status-quo between well-organized militarized rent-seeking groups.

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  • Levin, Mark (Левин, Марк) & Shilova, Nadezhda V. (Шилова, Надежда), 2016. "Rentseeking Behavior in Systems with a Complex Structure [Рентоориентированное Поведение В Системах Со Сложной Структурой]," Working Papers 2272, Russian Presidential Academy of National Economy and Public Administration.
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