Remedying Africa's self-propelled corruption: the missing link

Mondlane, Hirondina T. C., Claudio, Fernanda and Khan, M. Adil (2016) Remedying Africa's self-propelled corruption: the missing link. Politikon, 1-26. doi:10.1080/02589346.2016.1160859

Author Mondlane, Hirondina T. C.
Claudio, Fernanda
Khan, M. Adil
Title Remedying Africa's self-propelled corruption: the missing link
Journal name Politikon   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1470-1014
Publication date 2016-03-24
Year available 2016
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1080/02589346.2016.1160859
Open Access Status Not Open Access
Start page 1
End page 26
Total pages 26
Place of publication Abingdon, Oxon, United Kingdom
Publisher Routledge
Language eng
Abstract This paper analyses mechanisms and circumstances that facilitate and mitigate against corruption in African countries. We focus on governance indicators that strongly correlate with corruption and suggest that this phenomenon in Africa results from poor democratic practice enabled by asymmetrical concentration of power in governments and the rise of alliances between elites and corporate interests within neo-liberal economic systems. Countries with low corruption have processes in which citizens engage robustly in public governance and public accountability, suggesting that solutions to corruption can originate from within existing governance practices in Africa. We explore African countries that manage to mitigate corruption by reviewing processes of citizen participation in governance occurring through innovations in contemporary mechanisms of decision-making and reintegration of traditional practices in public governance institutions and processes. We argue that corruption in Africa is not a ‘cultural’ phenomenon, but rather that long-standing cultural practices provide innovations in governance that reduce corruption. This paper concludes that wider citizen engagement in public governance strengthens ‘voice and accountability’, balances power asymmetries in decision-making processes of governments, and promotes ‘socially conscious’ leaderships committed to greater transparency and accountability in government.
Keyword African countries
Governance indicators
Democratic practice
Power asymmetries
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status UQ

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