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Working paper

Fighting Corruption: the Slovenian Phenomenon

Nisnevich Yuliy A., Stetten H.
In this working paper, we focus on a phenomenon in Slovenia, in which the country demonstrates one of the best results of anti-corruption measures among all post-Soviet governments, even without a formal purge of old leadership. It is shown that the first factor that sets this situation apart was filtering out the government authorities that could carry with them corrupt relationships or practices of the old Soviet regime and replacing them with representatives from the nationally-oriented elites. That kind of purge, supposedly complemented by the factor of the small territorial and demographic sizes, created the advantageous conditions for corruption to be contained from the start before it became widespread. The second factor was following the GRECO recommendations to take institutional and legal anticorruption measures during the process of joining the European Union. Another of Slovenia’s defining characteristics is the relatively high quality of the implementation of political and governmental order in the polyarchic democracy, which allows for corruption to be dealt with and kept to low levels by the constant civil checks and balances over the decisions and actions of the authorities.