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The surprising case of police bribery reduction in South Africa

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dc.date.accessioned 2019-11-01 en
dc.date.accessioned 2019-11-05T10:15:09Z
dc.date.available 2019-11-05T10:15:09Z
dc.date.issued 2019-11-05 en
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/20.500.11910/14977
dc.description.abstract The paper examines why there was a reduction of almost 15% in police bribery in Limpopo province, South Africa between 2011 and 2015, compared to only a 4% reduction the country overall. Drawing on statistical analysis and in-depth qualitative fieldwork, the research shows that the reduction occurred during an unprecedented anticorruption intervention in the province that did not directly tackle police bribery. Despite this, the interventions high visibility, along with uncertainty among the police of its mandate, was likely to have made police less willing to engage in bribery during this period. While police sector-specific characteristics (high degree of discretion, peer solidarity and contact with criminals) make fighting entrenched corruption particularly difficult, the research shows how a disruptive event can counteract these factors and how this can happen more quickly than previously anticipated. For long-term impact, however, disruption strategies likely need to be driven by strong leadership and structural changes that will continually disrupt corruption patterns. en
dc.format.medium Print en
dc.publisher Springer en
dc.subject POLICE en
dc.subject BRIBERY en
dc.subject CORRUPTION en
dc.title The surprising case of police bribery reduction in South Africa en
dc.type Journal articles - non-HSRC staff en
dc.description.version Y en
dc.ProjectNumber TAAMAA en
dc.Volume May en
dc.BudgetYear 2019/20 en
dc.ResearchGroup Service Delivery, Democracy and Governance en
dc.SourceTitle Crime, Law and Social Change en
dc.ArchiveNumber 11050 en
dc.URL http://ktree.hsrc.ac.za/doc_read_all.php?docid=21833 en
dc.PageNumber Online en
dc.outputnumber 10153 en
dc.bibliographictitle Peiffer, C., Marquette, H., Armytage, R. & Budhram, T. (2019) The surprising case of police bribery reduction in South Africa. <i>Crime, Law and Social Change</i>. May:Online. en
dc.publicationyear 2019 en
dc.contributor.author1 Peiffer, C. en
dc.contributor.author2 Marquette, H. en
dc.contributor.author3 Armytage, R. en
dc.contributor.author4 Budhram, T. en

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