The Limits of Transparency Promotion in Azerbaijan: External Remedies to ‘Reverse the Curse’

Kerem Öge*

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Abstract

This paper evaluates external factors that shape the establishment of transparent institutions, with a focus on the work of the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative in Azerbaijan. The evidence from Azerbaijan suggests that in hydrocarbon-rich countries, genuine reform can only be achieved through the combined efforts of external and domestic actors. More specifically, the paper argues that transparency promotion from abroad relies on the existence of political accountability and genuine anti-corruption measures in order to work as intended. The case of Azerbaijan illustrates the potential limitations of external remedies to the ‘resource curse’ and emphasises the significance of accountability in political regimes.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1482-1500
Number of pages19
JournalEurope - Asia Studies
Volume66
Issue number9
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 27 Oct 2014

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