How Corruption Became AllPervasive in Bulgarian Politics

In the early 1990s the hardest obstacle to overcome was for economists and political figures to have the strength to change the manner in which the Soviet Union satellite countries were operating for 45 years. A decade after the transition attempts the dominant characteristics of the Eastern European countries are their powerfulness to cope with the overwhelming communist attitude and utter disruption.The role of the state in handling, providing and maintaining the social services and infrastructure began to be questioned. Ganev (2001) tries to give explanation on why the central state in post-Soviet Eastern European countries has weakened focusing on Bulgaria as a case study. Ganev (2001) characterizes the structure of the Soviet Union satellites, drawing conclusions about the dominant forms of elite agency favored in socialist party system. State socialism collapses namely because of the high-class differentiation and egalitarianism. Ganev (2001) demonstrates that the institutional legacy presented during the 45 years of socialism in Bulgaria malfunctioned both the economy and political life. That is why even after 10 years of reformation and transitions the state is still accustomed to the old power structures and matrixes that provide mostly constraints rather than opportunities. For criminals and ordinary gangsters to maximize their profits and to take advantage of the conditions, they turned into the elite class that ruled the state with golden gloves. The robust state apparatus that was supposed to be brought to life, was in fact under the incentives of post-socialist values which pushed politicians into subversive maneuvers within the infrastructure of state governance (Ganev, 2001). In his book, Ganev (2001) argues that the causes for the state’s failure are much complicated than the policy preferences for “free marketers” who attempt on a regular base to dismantle the state.