Nepotism in Post-Soviet States: The Quantitative Assessment on Socio-Demographic Factors and the Corruption Perceptions Index

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authority, favoritism, institutional conditions, patronage, power


Nepotism has long been one of the global problems of modern society. In many countries, including the post-Soviet space, this phenomenon is firmly historically rooted. Granting privileges to relatives or friends, regardless of their professional qualities, destroys the institutional foundations of the state, causing significant harm to public administration and the economy. The purpose of the study is to examine the influence of cultural and ethnographic factors in form of socio-demographic factors and the level of acceptability of corruption on the development of nepotism against the background of corruption as an aggregate indicator of its manifestation. The research methodology was based on studying the socio-economic development indicators of 12 countries of the former Soviet Union according to the official data presented by the World Bank and the Transparency International organization. This research holds the view that the Corruption Perceptions Index can serve as an indirect indicator of the level of nepotism in the post-Soviet space. A study based on a regression model of the correlation of the described values of a quantitative model for assessing the level of penetration of nepotism in developing countries, including post-Soviet ones. The practical application of the results may make it possible to more deeply assess the features of the development of society and the state on the basis of generally recognized international indicators and available demographic data.


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Author Biographies

Bibigul Byulegenova , Eurasian National University after L.N. Gumilev

Bibigul Byulegenova is a Professor of the Department of Political Science at the Eurasian National University named after L.N. Gumilyov, Astana, Kazakhstan. She holds Ph.D. in Political Science, Associate Professor, Best Teacher of the Year 2023. Published over 50 works. Authored monographs, educational materials with the imprint of the Al-Farabi Kazakh National University, Certificate of Inclusion of Data in the State Register of Copyrights, 9 electronic educational materials, holder of 30 certificates. Participated with international experts in the international conference “Interethnic Harmony in the Modern Period: Experience and Future Challenges.” Member of the Scientific-Expert Council of the National Expert Council.

Valeriy Prasolov, Financial University under the Government of the Russian Federation

Valeriy Prasolov is an Associate Professor of the Department of Economic Security and Risk Management at the University of Finance, Moscow. He holds Ph.D. in Political Sciences, Associate Professor, has been lecturing on ensuring the security of the state, society, and the individual for more than 12 years in teaching. He is a recognized expert in the assessment and implementation of technical means and security systems by the professional community. Currently, his research interests are related to the development of the non-governmental security sector as a structural element of the state security system.

Gulmira Sheryazdanova , Astana IT University

Gulmira Sheryazdanova holds PhD in Political Science. She is an Associate Professor of the Department of General Education Discipline at the Astana IT University, Kazakhstan.  My research interests include studying the issues of national building in Post-Soviet countries, administrative and petty corruption, and e-government. Currently, I am a visiting scholar at Minnesota University Twin Cities, USA.  Her papers have been published in such journals as Journal of Information Technology & Politics, Indian Journal of Science and Technology, Opción, Utopia y Praxis Latinoamericana.

Sergey Bratanovsky , Plekhanov Russian University of Economics

Sergey Bratanovsky holds Ph.D. in Law. He is a Professor, Academician, and Vice-President of the Eurasian Academy of Administrative Sciences, full member of the International Academy of Pedagogical Sciences. Honorary Worker of higher professional education, three times winner of the All-Russian Competition of the Russian Education Foundation for the best scientific book, Chief Researcher of the Department of State and Municipal Administration of Plekhanov Russian University of Economics. In the field of scientific research of Professor Bratanovsky S. N., the problems of public administration in the field of socio-cultural life in Russia prevail.

Lilya Sabirova, Yelabuga Institute of Kazan Federal University

Lilya Sabirova holds Ph.D. in Philosophy. She is an Associate Professor of the Department of Philosophy and Sociology at the Elabuga Institute of Kazan Federal University. She is responsible for scientific research work of students, expert of the competition "My Country - My Russia”. Scientific interests: technologies for developing the scientific worldview of future teachers in the digital era. The latest publication appeared in the journal Information Sciences Letters: Mambetalina, A., Karkulova, A., & Lebedeva, M. (2023). Preschool education and its impact on the scientific and research potential of rising schoolchildren: In favor or against? Information Sciences Letters, 12(9), 2923-2936.


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How to Cite

Byulegenova , B. ., Prasolov, V., Sheryazdanova , G. ., Bratanovsky , S. ., & Sabirova, L. . (2024). Nepotism in Post-Soviet States: The Quantitative Assessment on Socio-Demographic Factors and the Corruption Perceptions Index. Journal of Ethnic and Cultural Studies, 11(1), 96–118.



Original Manuscript
Received 2023-08-24
Accepted 2023-12-14
Published 2024-02-06