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BOTTOM-UP VERSUS TOP-DOWN LOCAL GOVERNANCE: LOCAL GOVERNMENT ANTI-CORRUPTION APPROACHES IN THE SLOVAK TOWNS OF SALA AND MARTIN COMPARED (CASE STUDY) Print E-mail

Tomas Jacko

Abstract
The paper provides a comparative case study of successful local governance approaches to fighting and preventing corruption at a local government level in Slovakia. The towns’ administrations of Martin and Sala implemented large-scale anti-corruption reforms during the past 6 years which have led to domestic and international accolades. The author shows how different approaches to administrative reform based on the same basic governance principles can deliver similar outputs and outcomes in the field of local governance. The article also takes into consideration the local administrative reform efforts prior to the successful town administrations’ reforms, which had started in the early 1990s and which have also made it possible for the respective town administrations to reform themselves.
 
Key words: local goverrnance, corruption, transparency, administrative reform, Slovakia
 
The author is a PhD candidate at the Institute of Public Policy and Economics, Faculty of Social and Economic Sciences, Comenius University in Bratislava, Slovakia; and also since January 2010 a programme coordinator at Transparency International Slovakia.

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Jacko Tomas. BOTTOM-UP VERSUS TOP-DOWN LOCAL GOVERNANCE: LOCAL GOVERNMENT ANTI-CORRUPTION APPROACHES IN THE SLOVAK TOWNS OF SALA AND MARTIN COMPARED (CASE STUDY). Innovative Issues and Approaches in Social Sciences, vol.5, no.2:118-134, DOI:http://dx.doi.org/10.12959/issn.1855-0541.IIASS-2012-no2-art08

Digital Object Identifier(DOI): http://dx.doi.org/10.12959/issn.1855-0541.IIASS-2012-no2-art08

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