Combating Corruption

Combating Corruption

Legal Approaches to Supporting Good Governance and Integrity in Africa

John Hatchard

Drawing on numerous recent examples of good and bad practice from around the continent, this insightful volume explores the legal issues involved in developing and enhancing good governance and accountability within African states, as well as addressing the need for other states worldwide to demonstrate the ‘transnational political will’ to support these efforts.

Chapter 12: Laws, political will and the art of persuasion

John Hatchard

Subjects: development studies, law and development, economics and finance, economic crime and corruption, law - academic, corruption and economic crime, human rights, law and development, regulation and governance, politics and public policy, human rights

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Tens of millions of people throughout Africa continue to experience petty corruption in their daily lives as well as enduring grand corruption through, for example, the looting of state assets by some of their political leaders. This raises several questions: Over the years has anything actually changed? Is good governance and integrity both within the public and private sectors now more of a reality than before? Can anything change or are we wasting our time in seeking to combat corruption? The essential argument in this book is that things have changed and are changing. Indeed a book of this nature written in 1993 when Jeremy Pope went to Berlin to co-found Transparency International would have been very different. After all there were then no international or Africa-specific anti-corruption instruments, few countries had effective anti-corruption/good governance legislation in place, the looting of state assets by PEPs was commonplace as was the bribery of foreign public officials by corporations intent on obtaining or retaining business. As this book has shown, while these challenges have certainly not gone away, by the second decade of the 21st century some significant progress has been made in seeking to combat corruption and support good governance and accountability. This chapter provides an analysis of this progress and considers how the 'art of persuasion' can make these more effective.

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