Corruption in Public Administration

Corruption in Public Administration

An Ethnographic Approach

Edited by Davide Torsello

Despite the growth in literature on political corruption, contributions from field research are still exiguous. This book provides a timely and much needed addition to current research, bridging the gap and providing an innovative approach to the study of corruption and integrity in public administration.

Chapter 3: Party corruption in the Bosnia and Herzegovina public employment system: public discourse, legal and moral legitimation

Zaira Tiziana Lofranco

Subjects: politics and public policy, public administration and management, public policy


In 2014, at the beginning of my fieldwork in Sarajevo, I had a conversation in a bar with two young men of Serb nationality. One was Veso, a friend of mine and the other was Bojan, one of his best friends. Both of them were almost 40 years old and they were still trying to find a permanent job, hopefully in a local public institution. Our conversation dealt with employment opportunities in their local community. Later on I realized that the contents of this occasional conversation summed up a widespread belief among my research interlocutors.

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