Corruption and Institutions in Russia

European Journal of Political Economy, Vol. 16, 2000

Posted: 14 Sep 2001

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Mark Levin

Russian Presidential Academy of National Economy and Public Administration (RANEPA) - Department of Economics; Moscow State University

Georgy Satarov

Foundation for Information on Democracy

Abstract

This paper describes the institutions and social norms that have accommodated corruption in the Russian Federation in the post-transition years. We show how corruption is sustained by ill-defined boundaries between political and private business activity, and how the role of the state facilitates rather than hinders corruption. Our purpose is to make clear the prominence of corruption as a primary cause of the Russian transition failure. We have provided a systematic account of corruption in transitional Russia, explaining the sources of corruption and how corruption affects on politics, economy and social life and is affected by economic activity. We also have given some estimates of the monetary magnitude of corruption.

We have characterized corruption as a phenomenon of the transition and have described activities of corruption that reach from grassroots levels to the highest levels of government authority. In conclusion we have suggested changes in economic, political and judicial conduct that would make corruption more difficult.

Note: This is a description, and not the actual abstract.

Keywords: Corruption, Russia, Rule of law, Bureaucracy, Political Self-interest

JEL Classification: Hi, D73, P26

Suggested Citation

Levin, Mark and Satarov, Georgy, Corruption and Institutions in Russia. European Journal of Political Economy, Vol. 16, 2000. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=238791

Mark Levin (Contact Author)

Russian Presidential Academy of National Economy and Public Administration (RANEPA) - Department of Economics ( email )

Russia

Moscow State University

GSP-2, Leninskie Gory
Moscow, 119992
Russia

Georgy Satarov

Foundation for Information on Democracy

7 Bolshoy Zlatonstensky per.
Moscow
Russia

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