Corruption and inequality in Africa: Afrobarometer working paper

Author(s) : Uslaner, Eric

Imprint : Cape Town, Afrobarometer, 2007

Collation : 38 p.

Series : Working paper, N° 69

Notes : Incl. bibl. references and tables

This paper presents an argument called the inequality trap namely how high inequality leads to low trust in groups and then to high levels of corruption, and back to higher levels of corruption. It presents an analysis for Africa using Afrobarometer data, including full cross-national surveys, data from Mali on questions of trust and limiting the incomes of the rich, data from Nigeria on how people see corruption as stemming from inequality and leading to greater income disparities between the rich and the poor, between the powerful and the powerless. It argues that the fairness of the legal system is the central factor shaping people's views of how equally people are treated.

  • Anti-corruption strategies, Legal framework, Civil society, Corruption, Diagnostic tools / surveys, Perception surveys, Economic and social development, Governance, Poverty, Social inequality
  • Africa
    Botswana, Nigeria, Mali