Ethnography of Corruption: The Case of Kosovo

This country report is part of work package 4 of the ANTICORRP, which is a large scale EU funded project that IKS is part of, investigating and explaining factors that promote or hinder the development of effective anticorruption policies and impartial government institutions. This project is under the 7th Framework Programme and brings together twenty-one universities and research institutes.

The report presents the result of a survey about the performance of local institutions and social values” carried out in Kosovo.

Corruption in Kosovo has been researched from a variety of perspectives with different methodologies and various research and policy goals in mind. Dominated by quantitative and positivistic studies, where social and historical contexts are seen as direct contributors to corruption or disregarded at best, the said research takes for granted the need to understand and inquire into socio-economic and cultural relations.

To date, no ethnographies of corruption have been conducted in Kosovo. The research presented here is a first step, as well as an argument for the necessity of deeper ethnographic inquiry into how the legal, economic, and social worlds collide to produce experiences, practices, and understandings of corruption.

Current ethnographic research confirms that this approach will give us insight that is often lacking in other analyses, and give an important entry-point to discern for changes in social order and values, particular definitions of morality and legality within the space of politics and economy.

Klikoni për raportin e plotë: WP 4 Report on the Ethnographic Study of Corruption Practices in Kosovo