The roots of corruption: the Ghanaian enquiry

Evaluating corruption is useless without understanding the context in which it occurs. Therefore it is important to find out the causes of corruption. In view of this, the article is focussed on the question: are cultural factors primarily responsible for corruption in Ghana or not? Although admitting that there is a relationship between traditional values and corruption, which is connected with the deep-rooted tendency to take responsibility of the relatives’ well-being, some writers believe that these causes are overshadowed by situational or historical factors. In that case, corruption is closely bound up with the haphazard way in which legislation was enacted and projects were started in Ghana since independence. In addition to this, the local government’s inadequate controls have played an important role. After having developed some theories of causes of corruption, the author suggests some measures to put down corruption in Ghana. Notes.

Title: The roots of corruption: the Ghanaian enquiry
Author: Werlin, H.H.
Year: 1972
Periodical: Journal of Modern African Studies
Volume: 10
Issue: 2
Pages: 247-266
Language: English
Geographic term: Ghana
Subject: corruption
External link: https://www.jstor.org/stable/159965
Abstract: Evaluating corruption is useless without understanding the context in which it occurs. Therefore it is important to find out the causes of corruption. In view of this, the article is focussed on the question: are cultural factors primarily responsible for corruption in Ghana or not? Although admitting that there is a relationship between traditional values and corruption, which is connected with the deep-rooted tendency to take responsibility of the relatives’ well-being, some writers believe that these causes are overshadowed by situational or historical factors. In that case, corruption is closely bound up with the haphazard way in which legislation was enacted and projects were started in Ghana since independence. In addition to this, the local government’s inadequate controls have played an important role. After having developed some theories of causes of corruption, the author suggests some measures to put down corruption in Ghana. Notes.