The aim of this book is to insert corruption and its concomitants such as clientelism and collusion squarely in the analysis of post-Soviet transitions. In contrast to other scholars who treat corruption as the unfortunate side effect of political and economic reforms that have gone awry, I argue that corruption has been a major cause for the shortcomings of political and economic transitions in the Soviet successor states. The presence of informal rules and norms related to corruption have impeded the development of formal institutions that are quintessential for modern democracies and market economies such as free and fair elections, the protection of property rights, and more generally the rule of law. Nevertheless, even though endemic corruption has been a burden for all successor states, its impact has varied from country to country depending on the ways the newly independent states transitioned from Soviet rule.
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