Abstract

Abstract:

The current system of international governance entails several legal regimes that address social issues ranging from terrorism to environmental degradation. While these regimes' policy prescriptions are standard, the reforms that they inspire within individual countries are strikingly diverse. Based on a case study of anti-corruption reforms in Russia and Ukraine, we use the notion of decoupling to analyze the process by which regime policy prescriptions translate into unique country-level reforms. Using the grounded theory method, we derive four mechanisms for decoupling from the global anti-corruption regime: sabotage, appropriation, intransigence, and accommodation. Our data suggest that the distribution of power among the domestic political actors who compete for ownership of reforms has an impact on which mechanism is likely to be used.

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Additional Information

ISSN
1940-4603
Print ISSN
1074-6846
Pages
pp. 77-111
Launched on MUSE
2020-02-08
Open Access
No
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