By William Lockley Miller
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Extra info for A Culture of Corruption: Coping With Government in Post-Communist Europe
82 It is easy to interpret corruptionin post-communist Europe as simply an extension ofthe corruption that existed under communism. Nonetheless, there is a critically important difference between rampant corruption that resultsfromalong-termandimmutablehistorical-cultural tradition and rampant corruption that results from the chaos of transition. The first is a ‘climate of corruption’ which, almost by definition, excludes the possibility of reform in the foreseeable future. The second is a mere ‘season of corruption’ which, at best, may come to a natural end as the transition is completed, and at worst does not exclude the possibility of reform.
A favour to a bribe giver may satisfy the bribe giver but it necessarily means unfair and unequal treatment for those who do not give bribes. 67 The political scientist or democratic theorist laments the inequity, the unfairness, and the consequent alienation from-and delegitimation of-the political regime. Coping with Government 15 But it matters whether citizens themselves are sensitive to these inequities. If all citizens felt they were fairly treated bystate officials then democratic theorists would be a lot less concerned about whether offcials took bribes from their clients.
There is increasing evidence that history does not constrain political values. 81 It is especially unlikely that history can exercise a determining influence over political values or behaviour when history does not represent a political or cultural tradition. It is important to distinguish between a voluntary tradition and an imposed domination of the kind that constituted so much of the history of our four countries. The first may be carried forward by the people, and with some enthusiasm. The second is nothing but a set of chains to be cast off at the first opportunity.
A Culture of Corruption: Coping With Government in Post-Communist Europe by William Lockley Miller