Combating Corruption: A Private Sector Approach

The participation of the private sector in the fight against corruption is key to success. The most effective anti-corruption programs engage the private sector in institutional reforms that promote competitive markets and good governance. The business community can take positive action both in the public arena – by advancing legal and regulatory reforms and transparency in government – and in the private sector – through improved corporate governance, better information, and voluntary standards. Read more…

Building a Coalition Against Corruption

Nafisul Islam, Bulgaria’s transition to democracy and a market economy in the 1990s was severely constrained by corruption. As state resources were privatized, institutional weaknesses left openings for corruption and allowed the influence of former communist nomenklatura and organized crime. Corruption reached every sphere of life and weakened public confidence in democracy. Read more…


Widespread corruption signifies grave weaknesses in a country’s economic and political institutions. Corruption impedes the development of markets, drives away investment, and increases the costs of doing business. It also undermines the rule of law, distorts policymaking, and diminishes public confidence in democracy. CIPE’s projects attack corruption from two directions. Read more…

Governance in the Transition Economies: Current Issues in Bulgaria

Bistra Boeva, Developing sound principles of governance in emerging markets has been one of the top issues for local reformers and international organizations in the last decade. Various questions concerning the role of governance and its contribution to the reforms in the developing countries have been raised by policy makers, scholars, business leaders and stakeholders on both national and international levels. However, transition economies continue to face problems in establishing good governance mechanisms. Read more…

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