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Corruption and the Rule of Law: Dealing with Cultural Differences in the Former Soviet Union

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Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2002, $186,113)

Project Summary for 2002-IJ-CX-0017

The goal of this project is to help U.S. policymakers, officials, and aid implementers gain a better understanding of how corruption in ther former Soviet Union works and where the levers of anti-corruption may lie. The project will: 1) examine U.S. anti-corruption initiatives aimed at combating corruption through structural changes and/or education; 2) study post-Soviet practices of corruption and indigenous attitudes regarding their acceptability (or lack therof) as well as build on and complement NIJ's anti-corruption and rule of law projects in the region; and 3) prepare policy recommendations for U.S. agencies (in the form of a monograph, several lectures and policy papers during the course of the project) as to which anti-corruption approaches are likely to be most effective. The project, which will be conducted over a three-year period beginning in May 2002, will employ ethnographic research methods used by anthropoligists (e.g., open-ended interview) as well as document analysis and studies regarding the economic, political, and social developments associated with corruption in the former Soviet Union.


Date Created: August 14, 2002