Natural Resources, Fuel Exports and Corruption Policy in Africa

Onodugo, Vincent A and David, Isijola Olufemi (2020) Natural Resources, Fuel Exports and Corruption Policy in Africa. Corvinus Journal of Sociology and Social Policy, 11 (1). pp. 103-125. DOI

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Theoretical explanations of corruption in Africa are inconclusive. Economic downturn and poverty are the effects of poor resource management in Africa. Yet, neopatrimonialism also stands as an alternative explanation. This survey differentiates these two theoretical alternatives to understanding corruption in Africa. It examines 54 African countries using the corruption perception index of 2017, finding that fuel-exporting countries in Africa are more corrupt than non-fuel exporting countries, with a large associated effect size (Cohen’s d =.94). The situation of fuel-exporting countries may be linked with resourcecurse theory (poor resource management) and the extractive theory of corruption (neopatrimonialism), while that of non-fuel-exporting countries only with the extractive theory of corruption (neopatrimonialism). African nations involved in the exportation of fuel resources are 94% more likely to be more corrupt than those that are not.

Item Type:Article
Uncontrolled Keywords:Natural resources, Dutch disease, fossil fuels, oil price, embezzlement
Subjects:Economic development
Commerce and tourism
ID Code:5911
Deposited By: Veronika Vitéz
Deposited On:25 Sep 2020 13:57
Last Modified:25 Sep 2020 13:57

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