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Political Corruption: A Moral Pollution

Kwame Gyekye

in Tradition and Modernity

Published in print November 1997 | ISBN: 9780195112252
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199853069 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195112252.003.0007
Political Corruption: A Moral Pollution

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Subsequent to the colonial period, the African nations face the most dominant issue of corruption and its effects on the effectiveness of the government, the level of trust that the masses bestow on their leaders, and the advancing direction toward the development of each society as a whole. As a supplement, the author describes political corruption along with its materialization as well as the influences of African customs and beliefs to modern activities. In opposition to the rationalizations of other scholars that regard the political, economic and legal conditions of corruption (discarding its moral dimensions), the author asserts that political corruption is a moral quandary that requires serious awareness and resolution. Considering this, the “commitmental moral revolution” is proposed, suggesting the modification of behavior and reactions of community members to their society's values, dispositions and norms.

Keywords: African nations; political corruption; government; trust; African customs; commitmental moral revolution

Chapter.  13020 words. 

Subjects: Social and Political Philosophy

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