Monday, November 19, 2007

PUBL.- Organized Crime and Corruption in Georgia

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PUBL.- Organized Crime and Corruption in Georgia

Louise I. Shelley, Erik R. Scott, and Anthony Latta, eds.
Organized Crime and Corruption in Georgia
Routledge, UK, 2007
ISBN: 978-0-415-36821-6 (hardback) 978-0-203-02800-1 (electronic)

Georgia has a reputation as one of the most corrupt and crime-ridden
nations of the former Soviet Union. In the Soviet period, Georgians played
a major role in organized crime groups and the shadow economy operating
throughout the Soviet Union, and in the post-Soviet period, Georgia
continues to be important source of international crime and corruption.
While Georgia has passed some of the region's most sweeping anti-crime and
corruption reforms in the wake of its Rose Revolution, the efficacy of
these reforms are subject to much debate both within Georgia and beyond
its borders.

This book, based on extensive original research, surveys the most enduring
aspects of organized crime and corruption in Georgia and evaluates the
most important reforms undertaken since the Rose Revolution. Endemic crime
and corruption have had a devastating effect on government and everyday
life in Georgia, spurring widespread popular discontent that culminated
with the Rose Revolution in 2003. As recent events in Georgia have shown,
major challenges lie ahead as Georgia confronts deep-seated crime and
corruption issues that will remain central to the nation's political,
economic, and social life in the years to come.

Table of Contents:

Introduction (Louise Shelley)
1. Georgia's Anti-Corruption Revolution (Erik R. Scott)
2. Overcoming Economic Crime in Georgia through Public Service Reform
(Shalva Machivariani)
3. Georgian Organized Crime (Louise Shelley)
4. Smuggling in Abkhazia and Tskhinvali Region in 2003- 2004 (Alexandre
Kukhianidze, Alexandre Kupatadze, and Roman Gotsiridze)
5. Policing and Police Reform in Georgia (Alexandre Kupatadze, George
Siradze, and George Mitagvaria)
6. Georgia's Rose Revolution: People's Anti-Corruption Revolution? (Londa

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