Combating corruption in Europe: a stimulus-response approach

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What is the effect of external stimuli in curbing corruption at the national level? This article analyses the intervening impact of EU post-conditionality and GRECO monitoring on countries' anti-corruption record. It finds that "soft governance" has a positive impact and stimulates national responses against corruption. This positive influence increases when is additionally conditioned by strong internal stimuli targeting corruption.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)217-233
Number of pages17
JournalEuropean Political Science
Issue number2
Early online date13 Apr 2018
Publication statusPublished - 30 Jun 2019


  • Bulgaria
  • corruption
  • EU
  • post-conditionality
  • Romania

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