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date: 28 October 2020

Corruption in African Politics 

The Oxford Encyclopedia of African Politics
Tom LodgeTom Lodge

Political corruption is the “unsanctioned or unscheduled use of public resources for private ends” (Levine, 1975, p. 65). Survey evidence suggests political corruption is more prevalent in African political life than in any other part of the world. The best-known comparative indicator of the extent to which different countries are perceived to be corrupt is the index compiled every year by the independent anti-corruption agency, Transparency International (TI), using data gleaned from a range of relevant perception-based surveys. Since the inception of the TI index, Africa emerges as the global region in which political corruption appears to be most prevalent. In the ... ...

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