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Public Perceptions of Government’s Effectiveness in Handling Corruption in Nigeria

Keywords: Economic condition , corruption , perception of corruption , political trust , social trust , Nigeria , sub-Saharan Africa

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This study seeks to explain perceptions of government handling of corruption issues in Nigeria. Discussions about corruption management ofteninclude the genuineness of government intention in combating the menacing effects of corrupt acts of government officials, especially those ofpoliticians. In particular, questions are often raised on how well current government is handling corruption issues. Against this background, asurvey was conducted by Afrobarometer Organization in 1999 to assess public opinion on perceptions of government handling (fighting) ofcorruption. Descriptive statistics provided background information on the sample, while probit logistics regression using STATA “oprobit” routinewere used to measure perception of government handling of (how well current government is handling) corruption in Nigeria. The findingssuggested that in Nigeria, those that are highly satisfied with their economic condition say that the government is handling fight against corruptionwell. In addition, the findings also indicated that gender, residency, trust in president, social trust, interest in politics, and contact with governmentofficials affects perceptions of how well government is handling fight against corruption. The study also finds that statistically significant variableshave the probability to strongly influence perceptions of government handling of corruption. Although this study does not claim to provide all theanswers on management of corruption, it is an attempt to bridge gap in the literature on the topic and forms a basis upon which further analyticalwork on perception among Nigerians of current government’s handling of corruption can be carried out.

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