Neo‐patrimonialism and corruption: evidence from 8,436 firms in 17 countries in Sub‐Saharan Africa

Araral, Eduardo, Pak, Anton, Pelizzo, Riccardo, and Wu, Xun (2019) Neo‐patrimonialism and corruption: evidence from 8,436 firms in 17 countries in Sub‐Saharan Africa. Public Administration Review, 79 (4). pp. 580-590.

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Abstract

This article introduces four innovations to the literature on administrative corruption. First, it employs a neo‐patrimonialism framework by addressing measurement, identification, and endogeneity issues that beset the literature. Second, unlike cross‐country studies, it uses firms as the unit of analysis. Third, unlike the conventional literature, the article uses large‐n (n = 8,436) panel survey data of key informants in 17 countries in sub‐Saharan Africa. Finally, unlike the conventional literature, the article focuses on a particular type of corruption: the supply and demand for bribery. The authors find that the uncertainty associated with neo‐patrimonialism has a strong, positive, and significant effect on the propensity of civil servants to demand bribes in exchange for services and for firms to supply bribes in exchange for winning government contracts. The results are robust to controls on the characteristics of firms and their regulatory environments. The article concludes with implications for research and practice.

Item ID: 61114
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1540-6210
Copyright Information: © 2019 by The American Society for Public Administration
Funders: National University of Singapore (NUS)
Projects and Grants: NUS Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy
Date Deposited: 02 Dec 2019 00:36
FoR Codes: 16 STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY > 1605 Policy and Administration > 160509 Public Administration @ 50%
14 ECONOMICS > 1402 Applied Economics > 140202 Economic Development and Growth @ 30%
16 STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY > 1605 Policy and Administration > 160505 Economic Development Policy @ 20%
SEO Codes: 91 ECONOMIC FRAMEWORK > 9199 Other Economic Framework > 919999 Economic Framework not elsewhere classified @ 50%
94 LAW, POLITICS AND COMMUNITY SERVICES > 9402 Government and Politics > 940203 Political Systems @ 50%
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