Corporate Control of Governments and Democratic Backsliding: Evidence from West Africa
Professor of Political Science, Princeton University
Kellogg Visiting Fellow
The scholarship on governance in Africa largely has focused on electoral clientelism and weak voter accountability in explaining government performance. In this talk, Wantchekon argues that state capture by local and international firms is fast becoming one of the leading causes of corruption and poor governance in West Africa. He also addresses how investigating and exposing corrupt ties between business elites and politicians is essential for democratic consolidation on the continent.