2008 International Council for Small Business World Conference

Features of Corruption in the Albanian Business Environment-An Institutionalist Perspective

Mirela Xheneti

This paper explores the features of corruption in a post communist context such as Albania. It is based on an institutionalist perspective on path dependency according to which, people in the post-communist countries experience the present whilst carrying the baggage of the past with them and do not often adopt new behaviours and new thinking. It uses both quantitative and qualitative data to evidence the use of a range of corruptive business behaviours and their rationale. The paper concludes that institutional arguments of path dependency are deterministic and corruption in the business community is a short term response to the efficiencies of the system.