Perspectives on Corruption: He Who Pays the Piper
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Type of Work18 pages
Citation of Original PublicationWyatt-Nichol, H. & Gibson, E. (2014). Perspectives on corruption: He who pays the piper. In Antwi-Boasiako, K. & Csanyi, P. (Eds.) The theories of decentralization and local government: Implementation, Implications, and Realities—A Global Perspective (pp.190- 203). Nacogdoches: Stephen F. Austin State University Press.
Corruption is historical and global, existing in every society regardless of time and place. However, the extent and impact of corruption range from various acts of transgression in some societies to being deeply imbedded in the institutions of others. The consequences of corruption also vary from a mere loss of money for a few individuals to the loss of lives for entire groups of people. This chapter examines perceptions of corruption across various countries in Africa, taking into account the hegemonic discourse of Western nations, and offers contrasting instances of corrupt acts in U.S. municipalities.