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Corruption and Anticorruption in the Czech Republic

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  • Lubomir Lizal
  • Evzen Kocenda

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It is widely acknowledged that corruption has negative impact on economy and society. Transition process in the Central and Eastern Europe (CEE) uncovered dormant possibilities for corruption that consequently required appropriate steps to be taken against. We attempted to document the state of corruption in the Czech Republic and the measures introduced to fight it. We covered sectors of society and economy according to their importance in the prevention of a corruption and a consequential hazard to the society. We also described the governmental concept of anti-corruption measures and outlined achievements and failures of such a program. The overall impression favors persistent presence of corruption within the society and economy in the Czech Republic. The state of corruption in the country, measured by the Corruption Perception Index, presents a serious problem since the index does not improve as transition process advances. Numerous comparative studies, however, suggest that corruption is more prominent feature in a number of other transition countries. We believe that the institutional framework to prevent and fight corruption appears to be improving.

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  • Lubomir Lizal & Evzen Kocenda, 2000. "Corruption and Anticorruption in the Czech Republic," William Davidson Institute Working Papers Series 345, William Davidson Institute at the University of Michigan.
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    Keywords

    corruption; intitutions; transition; hidden economy; administration;
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    JEL classification:

    • H50 - Public Economics - - National Government Expenditures and Related Policies - - - General
    • I20 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Education - - - General
    • K42 - Law and Economics - - Legal Procedure, the Legal System, and Illegal Behavior - - - Illegal Behavior and the Enforcement of Law
    • O17 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economic Development - - - Formal and Informal Sectors; Shadow Economy; Institutional Arrangements
    • P27 - Economic Systems - - Socialist Systems and Transition Economies - - - Performance and Prospects
    • Z13 - Other Special Topics - - Cultural Economics - - - Economic Sociology; Economic Anthropology; Language; Social and Economic Stratification

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