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Title:The politics of anti-corruption enforcement in South Africa
Author:Naidoo, VinothanISNI
Year:2013
Periodical:Journal of Contemporary African Studies (ISSN 0258-9001)
Volume:31
Issue:4
Pages:523-542
Language:English
Geographic term:South Africa
Subjects:corruption
civil service
public sector
crime prevention
governance
government policy
Link:https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/pdf/10.1080/02589001.2013.839369
Abstract:The criminalization of corruption recognizes that the misuse of official office for private gain exacts a detrimental and distorting effect on a country's social and economic development. This is especially acute in countries undergoing rapid political system transitions. In an effort to combat corruption, governments have come under increasing pressure to enhance the monitoring and oversight of public institutions through stringent intra- and inter-institutional checks. In South Africa, the evidence clearly shows that concrete and incremental steps have been introduced since the country's democratic transition to regulate malfeasance in the public sector through heightened monitoring, prevention, investigation and prosecution measures. Despite these measures, intra- and inter-institutional analysis of anti-corruption enforcement indicates that the integrity of this approach, informed by principle-agent accountability arrangements, can be compromised or side-lined by collective action efforts that undermine the effectiveness of anti-corruption mechanisms. This reflects a politicization of anti-corruption enforcement. Bibliogr., notes, ref., sum. [Journal abstract]
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