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Anticorruption in Transition: A Contribution to the Policy Debate

Published November 2000
With the increasing recognition across the globe of the damaging effects of corruption on economic growth and social stability, the demand for practical strategies to reduce corruption has grown dramatically.

The problem is not confined to any particular region, and developed, developing and transition countries alike are confronting these challenges.

In the countries of Central and Eastern Europe, the Baltics and the Commonwealth of Independent States, the simultaneous processes of developing a market economy, designing new political and social institutions and redistributing social assets have created fertile ground for corruption.
Many governments throughout the region have made combating corruption a priority and have turned to the World Bank for assistance in designing feasible antiicorruption strategies.

This report seeks to unbundle the varied practices of corruption to identify and compare different patterns of the problem across transition countries. It then draws out lessons for tailoring anticorruption strategies to address the variation across the region in an effort to target reforms more effectively.
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