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Measuring Corruption in Central Europe



Year of publication 2018
Type Appeared in Conference without Proceedings
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Faculty of Social Studies

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Description This paper argues that the indirect impact of political corruption (the use of political corruption as a political issue) has a more significant impact on modern liberal democracy that its direct impact (political corruption itself). The indirect impact of political corruption is to a large degree determined by public perception of levels of corruptions. Public perception is both measured and at the same time influenced by various indices and indicators measuring corruption. However, both rankings and changes in absolute scores (indicating decline or rise of corruption) of individual countries differ, often significantly, depending on which index is used. The paper compares results of various indicators for Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland, and Slovakia after 2004 and looks for explanations of the differences between results for the same country. This includes an analysis of sources and methodology of each indicator and a discussion of how they influence the results, and how vulnerable each indicator is to short-term fluctuation of public perception caused by major corruption scandals and/or promotion of the issue by populist and protest parties.
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