Research Results on "Mapping Clientelism and its Causes in Kosovo and Albania" Available Online
Two policy briefs have been published within the RRPP-funded project Mapping Clientelism and its Causes: Rents, Rent-Seeking and Democracy in Kosovo and Albania (1997- 2013). The research included more than 200 industrial enterprises in Kosovo and Albania, and it involved collection and analysis of secondary data related to corruption, clientelism and elections in Albania and Kosovo.
The research found an increase in the issuance of mining licences over time in Kosovo and Albania, which is clearly observable in the run-up to elections. Evidence shows a 38% increase in issued licences in the year before elections in Kosovo, and in Albania this increase is about 55%, compared to the long-term average number of licences issued.
The researchers conclude that additional efforts have to be made to strengthen preventive anti-corruption reforms and monitoring during election periods, since the evidence of higher corruption and clientelism is typically directly related to elections. In addition, major concession agreements should not be signed and privatisations should not take place during pre-election periods.
Policy briefs are available for download here:
Clientelism and Growth: How to Better Target Anti-Corruption Efforts
Klientelizmi dhe rritja: Si të kanalizohen më mirë përpjekjet antikorrupsion
Corruption in Albania: Challenges and Prevention Strategies