Corruption in the Czech Republic: Politicians and Managers’ Perceptions

Conducted in: 2007

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 ( 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

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