Writing

Sometimes, I write stuff. Usually, it’s non-fiction because that strains the imagination enough. This is where I’ll collect all the stuff I get around to posting.

Decentralization and Corruption in Sub-Saharan Africa

CPI2012_mapAndCountryResults

Image from Transparency International

This is my senior thesis from Dickinson College. I looked at how bringing government closer to the people affects the extent of corruption. The interactions are complicated, but basically I argue that a difficulty in creating effective local democracy and troubles monitoring bureaucrats makes it very difficult in the Sub-Saharan African context.

No studies focus on this region in particular, a gap given the prevalence of neo-patrimonial politics, weak institutions, and a lack of democracy in many countries… This paper argues that the enthusiastic embrace of decentralization by many international organizations might be somewhat overeager, and that findings on decentralization and corruption should not be generalized across contexts.

 

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