Corruption in Africa: Causes, Consequences, and Cleanups

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Lexington Books, 2010 - Political Science - 382 pages
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Corruption in Africa makes a significant contribution to the study of the impacts and eradication of corruption in African societies. John Mukum Mbaku offers a comprehensive analysis of the causes of public malfeasance in African countries and provides a number of practical and effective policy options for change. This book demonstrates the destructive relationship between corruption and the abrogation of economic freedoms and entrepreneurship, a system that has clearly left Africa as one of the most deprived regions in the world. Utilizing the tools of public choice theory, Mbaku emphasizes the important role that institutions have in corruption control and he recommends reconstructive democratic constitutions as the most effective means of development. Until African states provide their people with institutional arrangements that adequately constrain the state and enhance wealth production, the living standards in the continent will continue to deteriorate. Corruption in Africa is a fascinating and informative text that will appeal to those interested in African studies and developmental policies.
 

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Contents

General Introduction
1
Bureaucratic and Political Corruption Definitions and Measurement
11
Corruption in Africa An Overview of Causes and Country Experiences
37
The Impact of Corruption on the African Economies
87
The International Dimension of Corruption
117
Corruption Cleanups in Africa Traditional Approaches
139
Corruption Cleanups in Africa Lessons from Public Choice Theory
151
Corruption Cleanups in Africa The Role of Institutions
179
Corruption Cleanups in Africa Public Financial Management
197
Corporate Governance and Corruption
281
Corruption Cleanups in Africa A Critique of Advice from Institutional Experts
311
Democratic Constitution Making and State Reconstruction in Africa Challenges and Prospects ...
351
Index
363
About the Author
383
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John Mukum Mbaku is professor in the John B. Goddard School of Business and Economics at Weber State University.

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