What’s Next for Romania? Political Activism as a Tool Against Political Corruption

Lecture | February 28 | 4-6 p.m. | 270 Stephens Hall

 Paul Sum, Professor and Chair, Department of Political Science & Public Administration, University of North Dakota

 Institute of Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies (ISEEES)

The massive demonstrations in Romania show that peaceful protests can influence political outcomes, but mobilization is only a first step in combatting the endemic corruption in the country. Options to move forward include replacing key political actors, perhaps through new elections, and reforming political institutions, such as reinforcing the autonomy of the DNA, Romania’s anti-corruption agency. I consider these options in light of the sources of corruption. Given the trend toward illiberal democracy in the region, Romania has a unique opportunity to offer a counter example. Will Romanians take advantage of it?