Association pour l’anthropologie du changement social et du développement
Association for the anthropology of social change and development

Everyday Corruption and the State

Blundo G. and Olivier de Sardan J.-P. (with Bako-Arifari N. and Tidjani Alou M.), 2006, Everyday Corruption and The State. Citizens and Public Officials in Africa, London, Zed Books, 304 p.

Daily life in Africa is governed by the ‘petty’ corruption of public officials in services such as health, transport, or the judicial system. This remarkable study of everyday corruption in three African countries investigates the reasons for its extraordinary prevalence.
The authors construct an illuminating analytical framework around the various forms of corruption, the corruptive strategies public officials resort to, and how these forms and strategies have become embedded in daily administrative practices. They investigate the roots of the system in the growing inability of weakened states in Africa to either reward their employees adequately or to deliver expected services. They conclude that corruption in Africa today is qualitatively different from other parts of the world in its pervasiveness, its legitimations, and its huge impact on the nature of the state.

Lire la note de lecture dans le magazine Foreign Affairs.