One-Party Dominance and Public Sector Corruption in South Africa: Consequences for Democracy

  • Tom KoelbleEmail author
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This paper argues that corruption in South Africa is a legacy of the governance practices of the apartheid and colonial past but has taken on a distinctly post-apartheid form. Public sector corruption in South Africa is similar and comparable to that found globally in both developed and developing countries. At the heart of the corruption problem resides a political party that has become reliant on the public sector to keep together a very disparate electoral and intra-party coalition and that enjoys an overwhelming electoral majority, partially because of its public sector largesse. In that sense, the African National Congress (ANC) is a quintessential example of one-party dominance and resulting party patronage in an electoral democracy.


African National Congress Corrupt Activity Social Grant Auditor General Apartheid Regime 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.University of Cape Town, South AfricaCape TownSouth Africa

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