Legal Culture and Anti-Corruption Reform: Preliminary Findings of National Survey and Focus Groups Data

June 14, 2012 // 12:00pm1:00pm

As Serbia, Macedonia and Kosovo aim to harmonize their laws with the European Union, little is known about their legal culture and the extent to which European legal transfers are accepted in these countries. Using nationally representative surveys, focus groups, and in-depth interviews in Serbia, Macedonia  and Kosovo, this research project maps legal cultures in these countries and investigates the limits of anti-corruption reform.

Elton Skendaj, Visiting Research Fellow at the Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies of the University of Notre Dame, will present preliminary findings from the surveys and focus groups concerning the legal cultures in these countries, public and minority perceptions of corruption and anti-corruption reform, and will assess which actors are considered the drivers of anti-corruption reform.

Twice a fellow at the Wilson Center, Elton Skendaj holds a Ph.D. in government from Cornell University and has taught at various universities in the USA and Albania. He has also been a trainer with international organizations, including the United Nations and the US Institute for Peace. Skendaj has previously developed and implemented a peace education joint project with the UN Department for Disarmament Affairs and the Hague Appeal for Peace. His book manuscript (under review at the Wilson Center Press and Cornell University Press) examines the role of international actors in building effective state bureaucracies and democratic institutions in post-war societies. His current project with the Norwegian research institute FAFO investigates anti-corruption reforms in the Western Balkans. In addition, Skendaj serves as a consultant with USAID and is  working on an article about how international organizations learn to improve their effectiveness in the areas of rule of law, democratization, and peacebuilding.

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Event Speakers List: 
  • Elton Skendaj // European Studies Research Scholar
    Visiting Assistant Professor, Department of Political Science, University of Miami.
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    Skendaj's presentation was also covered by VOA Albania. To read the full text, or listen to the the interview, available in Albanian, please click here.

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    • Christian F. Ostermann // Director, History and Public Policy Program; Global Europe; Cold War International History Project; North Korea Documentation Project; Nuclear Proliferation International History Project
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