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Did British colonial rule in Africa foster a legacy of corruption among local elites?

Published: December 17, 2021

Corruption is considered one of the main contributors to Africa’s development challenges, but less is known about the determinants of corruption and why the levels of corruption vary between countries. A new study finds that the legacy of colonial rule and its influence on local elites (chiefs) may be part of the explanation. The authors present empirical evidence that British colonial rule in Africa may have fostered the corruption of chiefs and undermined society’s trust in them.

Merima Ali, Odd-Helge Fjeldstad and Abdulaziz Shifa
London School of Economics Blog Post October 28th, 2020