Performing Corruption in Ukraine

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    • Presentation speakers
      • Adam Swain, School of Geography, University of Nottingham, UK


    This paper deconstructs the idea of corruption as it relates to Ukraine. This is achieved through six vignettes: (i) a conference performance by a leading international expert on Ukraine’s political-economy; (ii) the potential of the idea of corruption to harness popular resentment towards commercial and political elites particularly during election campaigns; (iii) the way Ukraine performed the role as a laboratory in which the World Bank experimented with the idea of corruption; (iv) the way the idea of corruption is used by the USA as an instrument of foreign policy towards Ukraine; (v) the quantification and calculation of corruption in Ukraine by NGOs such as Transparency International; and, (vi) the way the idea of corruption is simulated through the operation of anti-corruption foreign aid projects.