How Corruption and Anti-Corruption Policies Sustain Hybrid Regimes
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Leaders of hybrid regimes in pursuit of political domination and material gain instrumentalize both hidden forms of corruption and public anti-corruption policies. Corruption is pursued for different purposes including cooperation with strategic partners and exclusion of opponents. Presidents use anti-corruption policies to legitimize and institutionalize political domination. Corrupt practices and anti-corruption policies become two sides of the same coin and are exercised to maintain an uneven political playing field.
This study combines empirical analysis and social constructivism for an investigation into the presidencies of Leonid Kuchma (1994–2005), Viktor Yushchenko (2005–2010), and Viktor Yanukovych (2010–2014). Explorative expert interviews, press surveys, content analysis of presidential speeches, as well as critical assessment of anti-corruption legislation are used for comparison and process tracing of the utilization of corruption under three Ukrainian presidents.
Huss, in this provocative study of Ukraine, shows that the conventional wisdom is misleading. Both corruption and reforms can be means of control, solidifying rather than undermining the power of presidents—even those who govern badly. In a time of international awareness of corruption, that might seem surprising—but top figures can skew our perceptions by the ways they 'frame' corruption and reform. In struggling societies dealing with corruption is much more than just a matter of making and enforcing rules.”—Michael Johnston, Professor Emeritus of Political Science, Colgate University, New York
“Ukraine is an exemplary case to demonstrate the complexities of the fight against corruption. In her book, Oksana Huss does not simply illustrate this over a longer time period and with more details than usual. Crucially, she provides a systematic analytical framework which coherently and convincingly brings together the numerous and diverse aspects of the political economy of corruption.”—Heiko Pleines, Professor of Comparative Politics, University of Bremen
"At a time, when quantitative analyses of dubious quality have come to dominate research on corruption, Oksana Huss presents a masterfully crafted study that deserves the attention of every scholar who seriously tries to understand the political dynamics of corrupt practices and anti-corruption campaigns. It is also a must-read for students of modern Ukraine. Her fine analysis traces how patterns of corruption and anti-corruption shaped and were shaped by Ukraine’s three presidential regimes from 1994 until 2014. It leaves the reader with a central message: to understand today’s hybrid regimes, a solid understanding of institutionalized corruption is indispensable."—Christoph Stefes, Professor of Political Science, University of Colorado, Denver
Author Andrea Gawrich
Author Tobias Debiel
Author Oksana Huss
Release Date 27.10.2020
Product type Paperback
Dimension 8.27 x 5.83 x 5.83 inches
Product Weight 18.70 ounces