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Informalität oder Korruption Kritik der quantitativen Korruptionsforschung

Osteuropa. 2018. Vol. 68. No. 8-9. P. 25-40.
Barsukova S., Denisova-Schmidt E., Ledeneva A.

The fight against corruption enjoys worldwide attention. But how do you measure corruption? Many social scientists rely on quantitative methods. But these have a weakness. They are blind to the particular social and local context in which people use informal practices. Also, not every informal action is corruption. In order to be able to precisely determine the boundaries and to grasp forms and causes of corruption, corruption research should make more use of qualitative methods and approaches of ethnography.