Jan Machaček’s columns in the Prague Business Journal are always worth reading, but this week’s, part of a package about the Czech Republic’s continuing decline in Transparency International’s Corruption Perception Index, is especially good. He manages to provide an overview into both the CPI and the Czechs’ declining index, which isn’t an easy task.

At the same time, the New Scientist has an article about new research that says free market reforms, if put into place too soon, can actually hurt economic growth.

Interesting food for thought. Not that anyone’s planning to put the brakes on economic reform. Quite the opposite. Machaček argues that a wide-ranging, non-partisan set of tools to fight corruption is what’s necessary.

Also, for the record, I haven’t had too many brushes with corruption in this country. Nobody has ever asked me for a bribe, ever. Am I lucky, or is this the norm?

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