Informal Relations from Democratic Representation to Corruption

Case studies from Central and Eastern Europe

Edited by Zdenka Mansfeldová and Heiko Pleines

ibidem Press

Informal Relations from Democratic Representation to Corruption

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Pub Date: November 2012

ISBN: 9783838201733

314 Pages

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Pub Date: November 2012

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Informal Relations from Democratic Representation to Corruption

Case studies from Central and Eastern Europe

Edited by Zdenka Mansfeldová and Heiko Pleines

ibidem Press

Informal relations have been one of the major research topics of the social sciences since the 1990s. In order to allow for meaningful comparisons between different combinations of the positive and negative effects of informal relations on democratic representation, this book focuses on post-socialist Central and Eastern Europe as a particular region where formal democratic rules have been established, but competing informal rules are still strong. A broad spectrum of related analytical concepts is discussed from different perspectives and from different academic disciplines, then empirical cases of the relationship between informal relations and democratic representation are analyzed. The contributions span the whole continuum, as we perceive it, from civil society networks seen as supporting democratic representation to the perversion of democratic representation through political corruption. The final part of the book takes a closer look at corruption through four case studies from Russia.
The book is an important source for those scholars whose research involves institution building and power relations in Eurasian postcommunist states. Europa-Asia Studies
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Preface
1. Introduction, by Heiko Pleines
Part I. Concepts
2. Basic Public Services and Informal Power: An Analytical Framework for Sector Governance, by Eelco Jacobs
3. Conflict of Interest as a Research-Analytical Category, by Piotr Stankiewicz and Stanislaw Burdziej
4. Evaluating the Harmonization of Criminal Provisions on Corruption in Central and Eastern Europe, by Marco Zanella
5. Understanding Post-Soviet Petty Corruption. Informal Institutions, Legitimacy, and State Criticism, by Mi Lennhag
Part II. Personal Relations and Democratic Representation
6. Civil Society and the Legitimacy of the EU Polity. Using Network Analysis to Analyse Linkages Among Actors, by Petra Guasti
7. Patterns of Inter-Organizational Collaboration of Nonprofits in Central Europe, by Tomasz Gabor
8. Successor Parties and Trade Unions in the Post-Communist States. Institutionalizing Informal Relationships, by Veronika Pasynkova
9. 'Ethno-Business'. The Unexpected Consequence of National Minority Policies in Romania Andreea Carstocea
10. If You Ignore It, It Will (Not) Go Away. Exploring How and Why the International Community Turned a Blind Eye to Corruption in Bosnia-Herzegovina and Kosovo, by Maja Nenadovi?
Part III. Everyday Corruption in Russia
11. Informal Practices in Russia. State Influence on Foreign Companies Operating in Russia, by Elena Denisova-Schmidt
12. Academic Corruption in Russia, by Eduard Klein
13. Informal Ways of Obtaining Grades in Modern Russian Universities. How Daily Ties Become Corruption Networks, by Elvira Leontyeva
14. Modern Russian Homeowners' Associations as Res Publicae. The Relationship between Commonwealth and Corruption, by Dilorom Akhmedzhanova
Bibliography
About the Authors

About the Author

Dr. Heiko Pleines is head of the Department of Politics and Economics of the Research Centre for East European Studies (Forschungsstelle Osteuropa) and lecturer in comparative politics at the University of Bremen, Germany. His major research interest is the role of non-state actors in political decision-making processes and the resulting impact on political regimes.

Dr. Zdenka Mansfeldová is a senior researcher and head of the Department of the Sociology of Politics of the Institute of Sociology, Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic. Her research focuses on political institutionalization and the representation of interests in both political terms (parties and parliament) and the non-political mesostructures of social interests.