Lithuanian Municipal Ethics Commissions against Corruption Outsets


  • Algirdas Astrauskas University of Mykolas Romeris, Ateities g. 20, LT-08303 Vilnius, Lithuania
  • Dalia Paulauskaite Chief Official Ethics Commission, Vilniaus g.27, LT-01402 Vilnius, Lithuania



Official ethics, code of official conduct, corruption prevention, conflict of interests, Chief Official Ethics Commission, municipal ethics commission


Authors of this publication seek to discuss principles of forming and operating of Lithuanian municipal ethics commissions, legislation of their activities and effectiveness of their decision making. They also aim to disclose how such commissions operate in small local community environment where many individuals are related by ties of private interests as well as to find out if municipal ethics commissions are capable of recognising corruption outsets in local politicians’ activities and what is the experience in this field.


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How to Cite

Astrauskas, A., & Paulauskaite, D. (2013). Lithuanian Municipal Ethics Commissions against Corruption Outsets. International Journal of Criminology and Sociology, 2, 385–396.