"No longer at ease":corruption as an institution in West Africa


This article traces the historical genesis of corruption in two West African countries: Ghana and Nigeria. It argues that corruption in Africa is an institution that emerged in direct response to colonial systems of rule which super-imposed an imported institutional system with different norms and values on an existing institutional landscape, despite the fact that both deeply conflicted and contradicted each other. During decolonization and after independence, corruption, although dysfunctional, fully evolved into an institution that allowed an uneasy cohabitation of colonial and domestic African institutions to grow into a composite, syncretic system facilitated by generalized corruption.

Publication DOI: https://doi.org/10.1080/01900692.2011.598272
Divisions: College of Business and Social Sciences > Aston Business School > Economics, Finance & Entrepreneurship
College of Business and Social Sciences > Aston Business School
Additional Information: This is an electronic version of an article published in van den Bersselaar, D & Decker, S 2011, '"No longer at ease": corruption as an institution in West Africa', International Journal of Public Administration, vol 34, no. 11, pp. 741-752. International Journal of Public Administration is available online at: http://www.informaworld.com/openurl?genre=article&issn=0190-0692&volume=34&issue=11&spage=741
Uncontrolled Keywords: corruption,institutional theory,colonial rule,decolonization,Ghana,Nigeria
Publication ISSN: 1532-4265
Last Modified: 08 May 2024 07:08
Date Deposited: 11 Mar 2019 18:04
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PURE Output Type: Article
Published Date: 2011-09
Published Online Date: 2011-08-26
Authors: van den Bersselaar, Dmitri
Decker, S. (ORCID Profile 0000-0003-0547-9594)



Version: Accepted Version

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