Does Everyday Corruption Affect How Russians View their Political Leadership
University of Iowa Iowa City United States
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Analyzing unique survey data gathered in the summer of 2015 from Russia, we are able to trace the links between personal corrupt behavior and political attitudes. We show that participation in everyday corruption lowers a persons support for the political regime, both as a bivariate relationship and in a multivariate model with controls. Everyday interactions that citizens have with bureaucrats help form those citizens views about something far removed from most citizens lives the countrys political leadership. In Russia, those who frequently encounter corruption are less, not more, happy with the regime. Street-level corruption is corrosive of the body politic. Our results, thus, are an important step towards resolving a long-standing debate among those who study corruption.