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Yevheniy Haydanka


The article elucidates the relationship between decentralization and corruption risks in the Czech Republic. Economic inequality in the regions inevitably leads to corruption risks. The unemployment rate and the wage level determined the fragmentation of the Czech regions. Most Czech regions (8 out of 14) have an average unemployment rate (of 3-5%). The capital Prague (44 thousand korunas), as well as the Central Bohemian Region (35 thousand korunas), significantly differ from the rest of the Czech regions in wage level (within 31-32 thousand korunas). If the Czech regions are similar in the unemployment rate, there is a noticeable stratification between the capital and other regions. The findings of an expert survey among civil servants and deputies of regional Assemblies identified corruption and anti-corruption measures in the regions. The sphere of public administration is the most corrupt. Partially corrupt is the provision of administrative services. The greatest corruption risks result from the employees’ influence on funding sources (grants, subsidies and grants). On a 10-point scale, the average corruption in the regions is 5,8. More research prospects derive from studying corruption risks at the regional rather than national levels and expanding the geographical framework of the transition countries under research.


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Haydanka, Yevheniy. 2023. “THE REGIONAL DIMENSION OF CORRUPTION RISKS IN THE CZECH REPUBLIC IN THE LIGHT OF DECENTRALIZATION ”. Journal of Liberty and International Affairs 9 (2):230-41.
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Yevheniy Haydanka, Trnava University - Trnava, Slovak Republic

Yevheniy Haydanka is an associate professor at the Department of Political Science at Trnava University and an expert on political transformation issues and decentralization reforms in the Visegrad Four countries. He authored over 50 research works published in leading scientific journals and publishing houses in Ukraine, Lithuania, Latvia, Slovenia, Romania, Slovakia, and the Czech Republic. Ten of his publications are indexed in Scopus and Web of Science, and his monograph was published in the Slovak and Czech Academies of Sciences publishing houses. Yevheniy Haydanka specializes in transitive public administration, management in public administration, and institutional reforms in the Visegrad Four countries. Besides, he is an expert at the Slovak Accreditation Agency for Higher Education (“Political Sciences”). From 2014 to 2023, with the support of the International Visegrad Fund, the National Scholarship Program of the Slovak Republic, the Ministry of Education and Science of Ukraine, and the Ministry of Education, Science, Research and Sport of the Slovak Republic, he successfully implemented grant projects in Ukraine (Uzhhorod National University), the Czech Republic (Charles University in Prague), the Slovak Republic (Trnava University in Trnava), Georgia (Kutaisi University), and Poland (Cardinal Stefan Wyszynski University in Warsaw). In cooperation with his European colleagues, Yevheniy Haydanka conducts research into the problems of decentralization reforms in the Czech Republic, the optimization of the public administration systems in the border regions of the Slovak Republic, the dynamics of political elites under public administration decentralization, the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic economic consequences on the system of public administration, and Euroscepticism in the public policy of the Visegrad Four countries, current problems of cross-border cooperation in the “Ukraine – European Union” format.