Combating corruption in Europe : a stimulus-response approach

Borz, Gabriela (2019) Combating corruption in Europe : a stimulus-response approach. European Political Science, 18 (2). pp. 217-233. ISSN 1680-4333 (

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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.