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Why are public offices sold in Kyrgyzstan?
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Uppsala Centre for Russian and Eurasian Studies.
2014 (English)In: Post-Soviet Affairs, ISSN 1060-586X, E-ISSN 1938-2855, Vol. 30, no 1, 67-85 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Why are public offices for sale in Kyrgyzstan? To address this question, this article attempts to set out a new logic for understanding the motives, nature, and consequences of corruption in the country. Rather than securing access to a single favor through bribery, officials invest in political and administrative posts in order to obtain access to stream of rents associated with an office. Political and administrative corruption is organically linked in this system, and corruption stems not so much from weak monitoring as from being a franchise-like arrangement, where officials are required to pay continuous fees to their bosses. The key is to be the public official influencing the redistribution of rents as well as participating in the informal market where public goods are privatized and exchanged for informal payments. Thus, instead of control over the pure economic assets of the state, influence over the state's institutional and organizational framework is the dominant strategy for earning and investing in the country.

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2014. Vol. 30, no 1, 67-85 p.
Keyword [en]
corruption, Kyrgyzstan, rent-seeking, political economy, franchises, state capture, state weakness, tax farming, informal market
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Social Sciences
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-218553DOI: 10.1080/1060586X.2013.818785ISI: 000329603800004OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-218553DiVA: diva2:695926
Available from: 2014-02-12 Created: 2014-02-12 Last updated: 2017-12-06Bibliographically approved

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