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GIS Dossier: Corruption and political stabilization in Russia

GIS Dossiers aim to give our subscribers a quick overview of key topics, regions or conflicts based on a selection of our experts’ reports since 2011. This three-part survey explores how corruption, a perennial feature of most political systems, influences local and global politics. Part One examined corruption as a rallying cry for political change in Latin America; Part Two considers Russia, where corruption is a source of power for political elites even as it saps the country’s long-term economic and military strength. Part Three will touch on Ukraine and China, where who wins the anti-corruption fight could help shift the global balance of power.

The first part of this survey explored how popular anger at corruption can be a force for political change, especially in regions like Latin America, where world markets, democratic institutions, independent media and judicial systems, and aroused public opinion are challenging traditional ways of doing business.

In other parts of the world, such as sub-Saharan Africa (the most corrupt region in the globe, according to watchdog Transparency International), rent-seeking and state capture by the privileged few remain the norm, as shown by GIS expert Teresa Nogueira Pinto in a March 2019 survey.

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