Corruption in the Czech Republic: Politicians and Managers’ Perceptions
We have asked 2 296 politicians to participate in the survey. They all held at least one mandate between October 18 and November 19. Meanwhile we have asked 5 865 Final Word (www.fsfinalword.cz) subscribers to share their opinions with us. The total of 548 of politicians and 646 of managers (Final Word subscribers) participated in the survey.
Main Findings: Corruption in the Czech Republic
- Corruption was just as widespread in 2006 as in 2001.
- Corruption is evenly distributed throughout the Czech Republic; the situation in Prague is slightly different due to the higher number of government institutions.
- Large Czech companies offer bribes the most frequently.
- Bribes are most frequently requested by civil servants of the central government, cities and Prague.
- Corruption is most widespread in construction and state-awarded contracts.
- Politicians claim that corruption does not affect quality of work; managers claim that a company that bribes delivers worse products or services than a company that does not.
- Corruption can worsen the reputation of an administrative region.
- Corruption is a consequence of the high degree of bureaucracy and the unethical behavior of civil servants who request bribes.
- Politicians claim that the media can be abused and can resort to biased reporting; managers claim that one of the main tasks of the media is to expose corruption.
- Corrupt behavior damages the chances of politicians and political parties in elections.
Main Findings: The Fight against Corruption
- Stricter laws and harsher punishments for corruption.
- Elected politicians should publicly divulge their assets, including ownership interests.
- The creation of a government office that is independent of the police that has the aim of investigating corrupt behavior among politicians, civil servants and police.
- Increasing financial contributions for organizations that monitor corruption.
- Documenting on camera meetings of all state officials and police.
- Taking measures to increase transparency of state administration and improve the Czech legal environment.
- Limiting bureaucracy, paying civil servants better.
- Stricter sanctions, improved morals and better education to make people behave more decently.
- Better work by the police, decreasing state redistribution of resources.
Kontakt: Michal Donath