UCL School of Slavonic and East European Studies (SSEES)


SEES0081  Causes, Consequences and Control: Corruption and Governance

UCL Credit Value: 30

ECTS Value: 15

Term 2

Module Coordinator: Prof Alena Ledeneva
Weekly Contact Hours: 2.0 
Prerequisites: None

Summative Assessment

100% coursework (ONE regional report 6,000 words in length, see MA Handbook for format).

Formative Assessment

Overview - deadline week 4

-- How serious is the problem of corruption in the region, and why?

-- What is the climate for addressing/fighting corruption in the region?

-- What kind of recent change vis-à-vis corruption has taken place in the region, and why?

-- What are the implications for current policy-making of the regional report?

-- How do trends in corruption relate to broader socio-economic trends?

Module Outline

The course aims at enabling students to:

  • DISCOVER the nature of corruption;
  • IDENTIFY its forms;
  • ANALYSE political, economic and social factors and implications of corruption;
  • COMPARE practices of corruption and methods of its control in the CIS region

Students are expected to:

  • IMPROVE skills of searching for and working with academic, policy-making and popular literature and internet sources on the subject;
  • DEMONSTRATE ability to critically assess academic texts and policy-making documents as well as to present their own argument in a clear and structured form;
  • DEVELOP expertise required for the jobs of analysts and consultants.

Indicative Texts

  • Clarke, Michael (1983) Corruption: causes, consequences, and control
  • Alatas, Hussein c1991,Corruption: its nature, causes, and functions
  • Karklins, Rasma (2005) The system made me do it: corruption in post-communist societies
  • Michael Johnston (2005) Syndromes of corruption: wealth, power, and democracy
  • Ledeneva, Alena V. 2006, How Russia really works: the informal practices that shaped post-Soviet politics and business
  • Mungui-Pippidi, A. Good Governance. Cambridge University Press, 2015.

  • Cockcroft L. and Wegener, A.C. Unmasked: Corruption in the west. London: I.B. Tauris, 2016.

Please note: This outline is accurate at the time of publication. Minor amendments may be made prior to the start of the academic year.