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State University of New York at Albany

Bucerius Fieldwork Grant

Citizen Activism and Bribe Offers: Explaining the social origins of corruption in Azerbaijan


There is a dearth of research on bribe offers by citizen rather than abuse of public office by officials. Even ideal laws do not guarantee order, because order ultimately depends on the willingness of ordinary citizens to integrate them into their daily behavior. This research proposes to analyze the causes and rates of bribe offers by ordinary citizens (not occupying any public posts) in Azerbaijan. Based on questionnaire survey of 1000 and in-depth interviews of 50 citizens, the research will assess an association between social activism of citizens and the probability of bribe offers by them.

Turkhan Sadigov is a Ph.D. candidate in political science interested in the research of bribe offers by citizens and their impact on broader socio-political climate in Azerbaijan and the post-Soviet region. He holds a Master´s degree in International Relations from Central European University, Budapest, and a MA in Political Science from the University of South Carolina.

2014. "Students as Initiators of Bribes: Status Based Society as the Cause of Corruption in Azerbaijani Higher Education." Problems of Post-Communism. September-October

2013. “Corruption and Social Responsibility: Bribe Offers among Small Entrepreneurs in Azerbaijan.” East European Politics. Vol. 30, No. 1: 34 - 53

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