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Corruption, good governance, and the African state: A critical analysis of the political-economic foundations of orruption in Sub-Saharan Africa


  • Joseph Patrick Ganahl


African states are often called corrupt indicating that the political system in Africa differs from the one prevalent in the economically advanced democracies. This however does not give us any insight into what makes corruption the ruling norm of African statehood. Thus we must turn to the overly neglected theoretical work on the political economy of Africa in order to determine how the poverty of governance in Africa is firmly anchored both in Africa’s domestic socioeconomic reality, as well as in the region’s role in the international economic order. Instead of focusing on increased monitoring, enforcement and formal democratic procedures, this book integrates economic analysis with political theory in order to arrive at a better understanding of the political-economic roots of corruption in Sub-Saharan Africa.

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  • Joseph Patrick Ganahl, 2013. "Corruption, good governance, and the African state: A critical analysis of the political-economic foundations of orruption in Sub-Saharan Africa," Potsdam Economic Studies 02, Universität Potsdam, Wirtschafts- und Sozialwissenschaftliche Fakultät.
  • Handle: RePEc:pot:pestud:02

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    Corruption; Good Governance; African States; Political Economics; Development Economics;

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    • O55 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economywide Country Studies - - - Africa
    • N97 - Economic History - - Regional and Urban History - - - Africa; Oceania

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