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

Zaira Tiziana Lofranco


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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