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Police corruption and crime: evidence fromAfrica

Gillanders, Robert orcid logoORCID: 0000-0001-9462-0005, Ouedraogo, Idrissa orcid logoORCID: 0000-0001-6058-0359, Maïga, Windkouni Haoua Eugenie orcid logoORCID: 0000-0003-2735-8945 and Aja-Eke, Doris orcid logoORCID: 0000-0001-8711-3320 (2023) Police corruption and crime: evidence fromAfrica. Governance . ISSN 0952-1895

Using data from the Afrobarometer surveys, this paper finds that people living in regions in which police corruption is more prevalent are more likely to report that they or someone in their family have been victims of physical assault. People living in more corrupted regions are also more likely to report that they or someone in their family has had something stolen from their home. We find no statistically significant gender differences in the average marginal effects. Controlling for the incidence of corruption in other domains reduces the size of the estimated association but does not render it insignificant in terms of statistical significance or magnitude. Non-police corruption is also strongly associated with an increased risk of crime. For both types of crime, the evidence points to “transactional” police corruption (having to pay bribes to get help) rather than “predatory” police corruption (having to pay bribes to avoid problems) as driving the relationship. Finally, we show that, controlling for whether the respondent reports being a victim of either type of crime, police corruption predicts an increase in the probability that the respondent reports feeling unsafe while walking in their own neighborhood thus imposing a cost even on those who have not been victims.
Item Type:Article (Published)
Additional Information:The data that support the findings of this study are openly available in Afrobarometer at https://www.afrobarometer.org/
Subjects:Social Sciences > Law
Social Sciences > Public administration
DCU Faculties and Centres:DCU Faculties and Schools > DCU Business School
Official URL:https://doi.org/10.1111/gove.12822
Copyright Information:© 2023 The Authors
Funders:Irish Research Council; European Commission, Sustainable Development via the COALESCE (Collaborative Alliances for Societal Challenges) scheme. Grant no. COALESCE/2021/79., Marie Curie Research and Innovation Staff Exchange scheme within the H2020 Programme (grant acronym: LABOUR, GA: 101007766)
ID Code:29695
Deposited On:04 Mar 2024 15:52 by Thomas Murtagh . Last Modified 04 Mar 2024 16:22

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