The institutional roots of anticorruption policies: Comparing the three Baltic states

  • Johannsen L
  • Pedersen K
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Abstract

The idea to establish Independent Anti-Corruption Agencies (IACAs) first appeared on the international agenda in the late 1990s, and has since become a powerful subject for discourse. Responses to this idea have varied among the Baltic states. We ask why and compare the development of Baltic strategies and institutions. Our discussion focuses on how national political systems, perceptions of and discourse surrounding corruption, and external pressures on domestic structures have influenced the initial institutional choice. The resulting policies look very much alike, despite their differing points of departure.

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  • Anti-corruption agencies
  • Estonia
  • International discourse on corruption
  • Latvia
  • Lithuania

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