Why Do Some Africans Pay Bribes While Other Africans Don’t?

Caryn Peiffer, Richard Rose

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Abstract

Generalizations about African societies being pervasively corrupt are refuted in this innovative paper. Among 25,397 Afrobarometer respondents in 18 countries, 26% report paying a bribe, while 74% do not. Five hypotheses offer explanations: institutional context, inequalities of socio-economic resources, social inclusion and exclusion, social and political capital, and conflicting norms. Multilevel statistical analysis identifies as most important: contextual differences in colonial legacies, ethnic politicization, service provision, press freedom, and having social or political capital. The analysis emphasizes studying behavior rather than perceptions of corruption and supports a public-policy focus on bribery as an exchange for specific public services.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages29
Volume148
Publication statusPublished - Sep 2014

Publication series

NameAfrobarometer Working Papers

Keywords

  • African public officials
  • bribery in African states
  • social capital
  • political capital

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Peiffer, C., & Rose, R. (2014). Why Do Some Africans Pay Bribes While Other Africans Don’t? (Afrobarometer Working Papers).