Journal of Contemporary African Studies Special Issue: African Perspectives on Corruption

Journal of Contemporary African Studies

Deadline: 31st August 2017

The Journal of Contemporary African Studies invites manuscript submissions from scholars on the African continent and beyond for a special issue on “African Perspectives on Global Corruption”.

Despite many initiatives and interventions specifically intended to address corruption at local, national and international levels, the scourge of corruption continues to rear its ugly head in many societies. At the same time, the global corruption spectacle is primarily seen as playing itself out exclusively on the African continent. This can be seen from the fact that much intellectual inquiry on the causes and effects of corruption is focused on Africa.

However, recent work shows that corruption on the African continent does not take place in a vacuum and is linked in many complex ways to the globe. A 2016 report commissioned by the African Union Commission and the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa shows how a convoluted global infrastructure leads to massive illicit outflows of financial resources from the continent, estimated at USD60 billion in 2010. New work is also casting doubt on the efficacy of so-called Country Corruption Indices, that often rank African countries as “fantastically corrupt”, especially in light of the global nature of the scourge.

Whereas there has been much written about corruption in Africa, very little of it is rooted on the continent. This special issue will be dedicated to understanding the changing meanings of global corruption from an African perspective. It will seek to answer questions of how we are to make sense of corruption, locally, continentally and globally, beyond the daily incidences of corruption scandals. While obviously paying attention to corrupt activities on the continent, the special issue will subject to deeper critical scrutiny notions of large-scale corruption which do not always take account of its global dimensions. The special issue will also seek to critically engaged the dominant mainstream economics literature that posits a negative relationship between corruption and economic growth. Lastly, the special issue will seek to generate understanding of why current and previous efforts to curb or control corruption have been so spectacularly unsuccessful and what the approach should be going forward. This special issue is largely inspired by Thandika Mkandawire’s 2015 article in World Politics “Neopatrimonialism and the Political Economy of Economic Performance in Africa: Critical Reflections”.   

Submission Instructions

We therefore invite submissions from a diverse set of disciplines in keeping with the journal’s interdisciplinary approach to scholarship. Manuscripts should be submitted no later than 31st July 2017. Guidelines of how to submit manuscripts including style and word limits can be found on the journal’s website.   

Any questions about this special issue can be directed to Dr. Grieve Chelwa (grieve_chelwa@fas.harvard.edu) or Ms. Jamie Alexander (Jamie.Alexander@ru.ac.za).