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Society and Corruption: Political Influence in Professional Structures of Public Institutions as a Risk Factor for Corruption

Renato Matić orcid id ; Croatian Studies, Zagreb

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The paper analyzes the correlation of political influence in
the professional structures of public institutions with
corruption risk. The goal is to determine, based on
qualitative data, how favourable general political influence
and political appointments in professional public institutions
(as opposed to transparency and professional autonomy) are
for the development and sustainability of corruption.
Qualitative empirical research using the method of semi-
-structured interviews was conducted with 60 participants
from 10 countries, divided into two groups according to the
Corruption Perceptions Index. Indicators of the presence of
political influence in public structures are: participants’
experience on the mobility of institutional services, experience
of the presence of political staffing in professional structures,
and the experience of the possibility of predictable career
management based on clear institutional criteria. The results
of the interviews show that between societies which differ
according to the perception of corruption there is an
experiential difference in the presence of these indicators,
and that the political influence of the professional structures
of public institutions can be considered as a factor of
corruption risk.


corruption, social structure, institutionalization, corruption resistance

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