It takes two to tango: complementarity of bonding and bridging trust in alleviating corruption in cities

Julia Korosteleva, Tomasz Mickiewicz, Paulina Stępień-Baig

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Abstract

Petty administrative corruption (bribery) can be seen as a regional phenomenon and investigated in the spatial context. By applying Heckman selection models with instrumenting to the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development’s
(EBRD) Life in Transition Survey (LiTS) data, it is found that larger cities appear more prone to corruption. However, capital cities exhibit lower corruption, owing to differences in social and political structures and government accountability. Furthermore, the paper illustrates the importance of the meso-level social environment, exploring complementarity between bridging (across broader local society by institutional trust) and bonding trust (within more embedded communities) in alleviating bribery.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages13
JournalRegional Studies
Early online date11 Sep 2019
DOIs
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 11 Sep 2019

Keywords

  • bonding
  • bridging
  • city
  • civic capital
  • corruption
  • institutional trust

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