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Actors, practices and networks of corruption: the case of Romania's accession to European Union funding

Bratu, Roxana (2012) Actors, practices and networks of corruption: the case of Romania's accession to European Union funding. PhD thesis, The London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE).

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Abstract

This thesis offers new insights into the challenges and opportunities brought by European Union (EU) integration policies by taking as a case study the process of accessing EU funding in Romania and its impact on the performance and reproduction of contemporary entrepreneurial identities. It is based on 16 months of ethnographic fieldwork conducted in Romania between June 2007 and September 2008. The thesis argues that EU funding - as an economic process shaped by EU anticorruption practices, policies and assumptions – configures new political and economic subjects through intertwined vocabularies of corruption and crime, a mix of formal and informal entrepreneurial practices and the commodification of finance. This dynamic process concomitantly enables Romania’s top-down integration into the EU through the adoption of transnational regulations, institutions and anxieties and Romania’s bottom-up integration into the EU through the assimilation of the EU funding regulations into the vernacular practices of doing business.

Item Type: Thesis (PhD)
Additional Information: © 2014 Roxana Bratu
Library of Congress subject classification: H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
H Social Sciences > HN Social history and conditions. Social problems. Social reform
J Political Science > JN Political institutions (Europe)
Sets: Departments > Sociology
Supervisor: Hobbs, Richard
URI: http://etheses.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/891

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