Crime Law and Social Change
corruption, effectiveness of laws, social norms, Nigeria
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.
Ocheje, Paul. (2017). Norms, law and social change: Nigeria’s anti-corruptionstruggle, 1999–2017. Crime Law and Social Change, 1-19.