Handbook on the Geographies of Corruption
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Handbook on the Geographies of Corruption

Edited by Barney Warf

The Handbook on the Geographies of Corruption offers a comprehensive overview of how corruption varies across the globe. It explores the immense range of corruption among countries, and how this reflects levels of wealth, the centralization of power, colonial legacies, and different national cultures. Barney Warf presents an original and interdisciplinary collection of chapters from established researchers and leading academics that examine corruption from a spatial perspective.
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Chapter 11: Corruption in Ukraine: Soviet legacy, failed reforms and political risks

Johannes Leitner and Hannes Meissner


In Ukraine, successive generations of politicians have pronounced corruption their top priority, to no avail. The Soviet legacy, a stuttering economy and a rocky transition to a privatized economy set the stage for widespread corruption of various forms. Clientelism ensures that favors are handed down in return for loyalty, a practice that has become normalized over time in business networks. Notably, these practices vary considerably between the eastern and western parts of the country. The result has been widespread distrust of the state among Ukrainians and failed attempts to curb corruption.

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