This policy brief scrutinises anti-corruption policies in the three South Caucasus countries over the past two decades in light of their cooperation with, and commitments vis-à-vis the European Union.In countries where the public demand for institutions, such as those fighting corruption, is weak, international influence on the elite is indeed crucial to carrying out reforms.
From the point of view of democratic tradition, rule of law and governance, Armenia, Azerbaijan and Georgia had approximately equal positions when they became independent in 1992. Ten years later, all three countries were still facing similar problems in governance. Yet over the past decade the three countries conducted substantially different reforms in terms of the intensity of efforts made to eliminate administrative corruption.
In light of the similar approaches adopted by international organisations vis-à-vis all three countries, the policy brief argues that domestic political will and public support to anti-corruption policies are the key factors explaining variation in anti-corruption outcomes across the South Caucasus.
Area(s) of expertise: Armenia, Azerbaijan, European Union, Georgia, South Caucasus