Document Type

Article

Publication Date

2017

Publication Title

Crime Law and Social Change

First Page

1

Last Page

19

DOI

10.1007/s10611-017-9736-9

Keywords

corruption, effectiveness of laws, social norms, Nigeria

Abstract

Corruption is notoriously persistent in Nigeria notwithstanding the panoply of laws deployed over the years against it. This article argues that the factors constraining the effectiveness of laws in the fight against corruption are to be found not in the laws, but in the larger societal matrix of resilient social norms and institutions, which constitute the environment of corruption in the country. The environment thus constituted is either conducive to, or largely tolerant of, corruption. The article then suggests that the anti-corruption effort, to be successful, must engage broadly with the environment by instigating social change.

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Copyright the Author(s) 2017. This article is an open access publication.

First published by and available from Springer at https://doi.org/10.1007/s10611-017-9736-9

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