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This note series is intended to summarize good practices and key policy findings on poverty reduction and economic management (PREM) topics.

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    Reforming Intergovernmental Fiscal Relations in the Czech Republic
    (World Bank, Washington, DC, 2003-10) Oliveira, João do Carmo ; Martinez-Vazquez, Jorge
    The Czech Republic has largely overcome the challenges associated with its legacy of socialism, the 1993 breakup of Czechoslovakia, and its transition to a market economy. In addition, the country's evolving approach to intergovernmental fiscal relations has addressed crucial issues, including the prospect of joining the European Union and the need to increase public sector efficiency.
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    New Frontiers in Diagnosing and Combating Corruption
    (World Bank, Washington, DC, 1998-10) Kaufmann, Daniel ; Pradhan, Sanjay ; Ryterman, Randi
    The World Bank has helped Albania, Georgia, and Latvia measure corruption and design strategies to combat it and improve governance. This note explains how empirical surveys can inform and transform the policy dialogue, so that a workable anticorruption agenda can be established. Early results are given as well as emerging conclusions. Also, challenges in performing these surveys are highlighted, as well as in translating survey results into institutional reform priorities.