Power grids in 2010-2017

28. 6. 2018

The Anticorruption Endowment (NFPK) has released another sequel in its summertime “Beach Reading” series. This year’s addition is entitled Cronyism in the Czech Republic, or Power Networks in 2010–2017. The book contains a list of dozens of people who wielded various degrees of power and influence in this period. Each luminary is briefly characterized and his or her liaison with other influential individuals is discussed. He resulting cobweb is amply illustrative of the power and clientelist networks and how they developed and changed in time.                   

Personal relations and ties play a pivotal role in everyday life. The reader will appreciate the fact that the “right” connections (with a butcher, greengrocer, doctor etc.) were part of one’s personal standing and social “prestige” under Communism. The same applied to the post-1989 era and in fact still applies even today. Informal rapport is still far more important than the official criteria of winning a public procurement contract or a position of power.     

This publication attempts to give the reader at least a partial insight on broadly publicized power links between influential political leaders, officials, managers of companies fully or partly owned by the state, lobbyists and businesspeople in 2010-2017. The gamut runs from the likes of Václav Klaus, Martin Ulčák, Roman Janoušek, Martin Roman, Jana Nagyová, Ivo Rittig, Libor Grygárek, Radek Pokorný, Andrej Babiš, Martin Nejedlý and Miloš Zeman to other well or less well-known figures. The mutual interconnection and “weightiness” of the various actors enables one to identify the power bases and level of influence of the portrayed individuals and how they changed in time. Compiling similarly approximate ladders for the periods from 2010 to 2013, and 2014-2017, is also part of the NFPK’s endeavour. However, the book can be used also as an “encyclopedia” of personal and clientelist ties. A graphic representation of these relationships without prejudice to their urgency is the content of an illustrative attachment to the present press release.

“I trust that this year’s sequel to the holiday reading stuff will be equally attractive and repeat the success scored by the previous publications in this series. Hardly anything can be achieved in this country without personal liaisons and clientelist ties. Regrettably, most such cases are associated with bribery and similar ‘perks’. In this sequel, we aspire to describe at least the most interesting of these relationships. Should we map all such cases, this book would have taken much longer to compile.” Deputy Chairman of the Anticorruption Endowment Karel Randák says about this publishing endeavour.

The book is available for FREE in an electronic version (in the PDF, EPUB and MOBI formats - in Czech only) on the NFPK’s official website. A printed version is also available for FREE from info@nfpk.cz. This year’s edition and its precursors can be newly ordered very soon from the Alza.cz and Kosmas.cz e-shops. These portals charge 10 crowns per copy and the proceeds will be used in support of the endowment’s activities.

The Anticorruption Endowment is a fully independent project, pursued by people radically unprepared to tolerate rampant corruption in the administration of this state. One of our goals is to help expose corruption in state administration and support projects exposing corrupt conduct.

Contacts: Karel Škácha, NFPK Director, tel.. 602 681 513 e-mail: karel.skacha@nfpk.cz