Corruption in Armenia
This is the third State of the Nation Report by Policy Forum Armenia and the eighth one in total, all focused on issues of critical importance for Armenia. The report brings to light many peculiarities of both wholesale and retail corruption in Armenia and offers mechanisms to reduce corruption.
"Some say that Armenia is doomed to fail economically because of its geography or location in the world. But like so many other countries around the world and throughout history, its failure is due to corruption, unscrupulous politicians and weak institutions. It's not lack of opportunities but squandered opportunities that are at the root of Armenia's ills, and it can make progress only by confronting this fact and holding accountable those responsible for the failures. This wonderful report is a first step." Daron Acemoglu, Elizabeth and James Killian Professor of Economics, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Author of "Why Nations Fail: Origins of Power, Prosperity, and Poverty"
"This data-rich study penetrates the realities of governance in Armenia—realities that have long been obscured. It confirms that political reform is essential to the national economic and social development." AnnaLee Saxenian, Dean and Professor in the School of Information and Professor in the Department of City and Regional Planning at the University of California, Berkeley, Author of "The New Argonauts: Regional Advantage in the Global Economy"
"This comprehensive report is an important tool for Diaspora's understanding of the systemic corruption and viable solutions for Armenia's continuing economic and social deterioration. Those solutions, to have any chance of success, must be rooted in the establishment of a truly independent judiciary with a strict adherence to the rule of law, and an unwavering respect for civil rights." Garo Ghazarian, Dean and Law Professor, Peoples College of Law, Los Angeles, California