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Usages et force institutante de la lutte anticorruption en Bulgarie : l’affaire Toplofikacija

Abstract : This paper explores the conditions under which anti-corruption initiatives are launched in Bulgaria and their impact on local practices. An examination of the Toplofikacija affair suggests that efforts to curb illegal practices need to be understood as being at the intersection of several actors and interests. Bulgaria’s leaders reacted promptly to evidence of corrupt behavior within Toplofikacija in part to demonstrate their commitment to European Union standards ahead of Bulgaria’s entry into the EU. Yet the Toplofikacija scandal was all the more visible as it became part and parcel of an ongoing power struggle within the judiciary, the government, and ruling parties. Our case-study suggests that anti-corruption campaigns participate in reshaping local practices (although not always as one might expect) and it examines the local actors’ uses of external norms. Finally, it departs from analyses of anti-corruption policies that oppose (positive) EU pressures and local resistance.
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Nadège Ragaru. Usages et force institutante de la lutte anticorruption en Bulgarie : l’affaire Toplofikacija. Droit et Société, Librairie générale de droit et de jurisprudence : Lextenso éditions/L.G.D.J., 2009, pp.303 - 322. ⟨hal-03415688⟩



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