Poverty and the Rule of Law in Africa: A Missing International Actor?

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This article reviews literature regarding the nature and impact of corruption and its contribution to poverty in Africa, explains how the international community could create an institution that would investigate and deter corruption, and relates this policy proposal to current theories of underdevelopment. The article concludes that theorists agree on the importance of fighting corruption but have overlooked the need for international cooperation to create a body of criminal investigators. The article contributes a detailed policy proposal and an analysis of objections that might be raised regarding the establishment of a strong international capacity to fight corruption.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)354-379
Number of pages26
JournalPoverty & Public Policy
Issue number4
StatePublished - Dec 2014

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  • Africa
  • corruption
  • economic development
  • governance
  • policy
  • rule of law


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