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Corruption in Russia - Historic Legacy and Systemic Nature

Günther G. Schulze and Nikita Zakharov

No 6864, CESifo Working Paper Series from CESifo Group Munich

Abstract: This paper argues that corruption in Russia is systemic in nature. Low wage levels of public officials provide strong incentives to engage in corruption. As corruption is illegal, corrupt officials can be exposed any time, which enforces loyalty towards the powers that be; thus corruption is a method of governance. We trace the systemic corruption back to the Mongolian empire and demonstrate its persistence to the current regime. We show the geographic distribution of contemporary corruption within Russia, survey the literature on the causes, consequences, and cures of corruption in Russia, and discuss entry points to fighting it.

Keywords: corruption; governance; institutions; political economy; history; Russia (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: D73 H11 H73 K42 N40 P37 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
New Economics Papers: this item is included in nep-cis, nep-his, nep-law and nep-tra
Date: 2018
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