Zvonimir Savić
Financial institutions and economic analyses sector, Croatian Chamber of Economy. Croatia
Ružica Šimić Banović, Ivana Bajakić
Department of Economics, Faculty of Law, University of Zagreb, Croatia

DOI: https://doi.org/10.31410/EMAN.2019.673

3rd International Scientific Conference – EMAN 2019 – Economics and Management: How to Cope With Disrupted Times, Ljubljana – Slovenia, March 28, 2019, CONFERENCE PROCEEDINGS published by: Association of Economists and Managers of the Balkans, Belgrade, Serbia; Faculty of Management Koper, Slovenia; Doba Business School – Maribor, Slovenia; Integrated Business Faculty –  Skopje, Macedonia; Faculty of Management – Zajecar, Serbia, ISBN 978-86-80194-17-2, ISSN 2683-4510


Corruption presents an extreme case of lacking confidence in society’s official structure. It seems to be rather inevitable issue in transitional countries and appears to be closely related with the existence of relationship-based markets and their (too) slow transformation into impersonal rule-based markets. The evidence shows that corrupt deals impose high transaction costs and that corrupt relations are often embedded in legal relations. No part of the World might be considered fully excluded from corruption phenomenon. Yet, research in Eastern Europe indicates that people feel obliged to reward the help of others, especially when dealing with public sector employees. In addition, ordinary citizens consider petty corruption as a (legitimate) reward for given service and even if they use it often, they do not perceive themselves as bribe-givers or bribe-takers. This paper seeks to disentangle ambiguities, complexities and difficulties in its measurement. Therewith it contributes to the debate on corruption as one of the omnipresent informal practices, fine-tuning of its understanding and possibilities to address it in an efficient way.


Corruption, Eastern Europe, Governance.


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