An Institutional Theory Perspective on Corruption: The Case of a Developing Democracy

Soma Pillay, Ron Kluvers

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    The purpose of this paper is to use quantitative data to describe corruption in the SANPS, and use Luo's () institutional theory to gain insights into how corruption develops and remains entrenched despite the introduction of anti-corruption legislation. A total of 1,500 questionnaires were distributed to public servants in nine provinces, but predominantly in Kwa Zulu Natal and Gauteng. There were 702 returned giving a response rate of 47%. We conclude that the findings discussed in this paper lend support for Luo's theoretical model being able to provide insight into the development of corruption, its consequences and possible remedies.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)95-119
    Number of pages25
    JournalFinancial Accountability and Management
    Issue number1
    Publication statusPublished - 2014


    • corruption
    • institutional environment
    • institutional theory
    • task environment

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