An Eclectic Approach to the Study of Corruption Growth in China and Nigeria

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Banwo, A.
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IBADAN JOURNAL OF HUMANISTIC STUDIES: A Publication of the Faculty of Arts
Corruption is a pervasive sociological occurrence that differs in size and proportion globally. Just like in many civilized societies, it is an endemic vice that has shaken the core fabrics of human civilization and governments are faced with the challenge of eradicating or containing it, as witnessed in China and Nigeria. This research work examines Chinese and Nigerian corruption growth patterns through content analysis. Data were sourced through homogenous purposive sampling method through books, newspapers and journals. Bribes, grafts, abuse of power, nepotism and favoritism were all key factors that were selected for the study due to their prevalence in the two selected countries. The Extractive Corruption Theory, the Prisoner's Dilemma Theory and the Rational Irrationality Theory serve as theoretical framework for this research work. Different factors such as the market economy, low incomes, poverty and the cultural-historical perspectives are identified as the root causes of corruption in both countries. The study suggests stricter regulations, promotion of ethical standards and an independent judiciary as institutional methods to get rid of corruption. It concludes that the reinforcementof anti-corruption agencies' power and the promotion of moral education are constructive ways to deal with corruption.
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China , Bureaucracy , Bribery , Nigeria , Research Subject Categories::HUMANITIES and RELIGION::Languages and linguistics
Banwo, A. (2019). An Eclectic Approach to the Study of Corruption Growth in China and Nigeria. Ibadan Journal of Humanistic Studies, 29(1). 130-146