If you want to know why there are so many stupid and corrupt politicians in Romania, the first thing you have to understand is that there are a lot of politicians.
Romania has a surplus of judete (counties), each of which has its own prefect (governor) and legislative council. Other countries in Europe which are far bigger manage with far fewer administrative divisions.
Using data from Wikipedia, I compiled the following table:
|Country||Land Mass in km2||Administrative divisions||Special||TOTAL|
As even the casual tourist learns, the Romanian parliament building is the largest civilian building in the world. I guess that they felt like they couldn’t let all that space go to waste and so they had to fill it up with politicians.
|Country||Population||Members of Parliament||citizens/MP ratio|
It should be noted that in 2009 a referendum was held on reducing the Romanian parliament to 300 seats and despite being passed overwhelmingly by the people and declared legal by the Constitutional Court, it has never been enacted and so this county remains saddled with a surfeit of politicians on the national level as well.
If the will of the people had been respected, Romania would have one MP for every 67,000 people, bringing it in line with Poland and Italy.