What is it about?

We inquire about the nature of trust and corruption, and their relationship, in contemporary Czech society and business, via interviews with a group of managers who gained their business experience after the 1989 Velvet Revolution. We find suspicion, pessimism, cynicism, and apathy, which are the legacy of the country’s 40 years of communism. However, hope is provided by the prospect of generational change and exposure to more transparent agents and environments in both society and business.

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Why is it important?

The unique shift from a socialist to a capitalist system, in Central and Eastern Europe (CEE) is a key driver of academic interest in the region. However, most studies of the transition of CEE from Communist regimes to open, democratic systems have focused on economic and political developments. Studies of the important relational and societal transition remain sparse in comparison.


I have been a regular visitor to the Czech Republic for more than 25 years. My conversations with Czech academics reinforce the findings of this (separate) study.

Professor John R Anchor
University of Huddersfield

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This page is a summary of: Trust and corruption in the Czech Republic: evidence from a new generation of managers, Post-Communist Economies, March 2024, Taylor & Francis,
DOI: 10.1080/14631377.2024.2323322.
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